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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Relatives of a South Carolina Army Veteran, who was murdered last year in Thomasville, are speaking out.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week continues with events honoring those who lost their lives and those who still mourn those loses.

Last July, Hassan Williams' mother Aida received the worst news of her life.

"You never imagine as a mother, getting a phone call about your child. And then so far away. I had never been here before, so I didn't know it took this long to get here."

Aida Williams and her family drove to Thomasville from South Carolina to honor her son during today's Crime Victim's Rights Week ceremony.

"This helps keep him alive with us, but I didn't expect it to be this hard for me."

Police say Hassan Williams was carjacked and robbed before he was shot in the head. Four suspects are now awaiting trial.

"It may have been a long trip, but I'm going to take as many as it takes to get justice."

Aida Williams was joined by other mothers today who are still looking for justice.

"I'm still hurt over my son. He got killed about three years ago. And it still bothers me because they have not found out who did it. And I very much would like to find out who did it," said Victim's Mother Bennie Taylor.

And those who organized today's event at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church say this is one of their most important weeks of the year.

"It's an important tradition for us in the community to recognize those who have suffered and reach out to those who are still in need of services through the court system and through the community," said Assistant DA Catherine Smith.

Aida Williams says events like today's do help in her healing process because it lets her know that her son was not just another case for the law enforcers, and they actually care.

Hassan Williams' suspected killers were indicted in February.

He served with one of them in the Army, and investigators say he had come to Thomasville to visit her shortly after he was discharged.

 

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