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08/18/03

Family Speaks Out After Loved One's Murder

The family of murder victim Larry Williams did some speaking out Monday afternoon. The 20-year-old man died on Saturday when a man he was fighting with pulled a gun and shot him.

Williams' brothers and sisters met at their mother's home to console each other and prepare for the funeral. Family members said the incident was a senseless killing. They are sharing their story with the hope that everyone who hears it will think twice about ever picking up a gun.

Euyvonnie Williams held a picture of Larry, and cried as she remembered her lost son.

"The day this happened my baby rode past me and he said, 'I'll see you in a few minutes.' Those few minutes will never come, because my baby was laying on the ground for no reason whatsoever, no reason whatsoever," Williams said.

Shortly after those words were spoken on Saturday morning, Euyvonnie was called to the scene of the crime. She had no words to express the emotions she felt as she saw her own son laying on the ground. The only question she had was "Why?".

"Did it make you feel important when you took him? Are you a better person because you took him? Did that gun make you so powerful and so strong that it gave you the right to take my child. You took a part of my sunshine," Williams said.

Larry's brothers and sisters say they are still in shock that their brother is gone.

"Unbelievable. You know, he was the baby of the family. He was always outgoing and fun," brother Shannon Bullard said.

"We're just trying to make it. We're going to be strong. We're going to pull together, strength in numbers. We're going to be together, pull together. We're going to beat this thing," brother Darrell Johnson said.

As for their feelings towards 15-year-old Joseph Allen Massey, the man charged with the murder, they said they are happy he is being charged as an adult.

"I know the guy's family is just as hurt as we are, because they are going to lose a son too," Johnson said.

The family said they would like to thank Casino Magic Biloxi for donating $2,000 dollars towards burial expenses. Two of William's sisters work at the casino.

By Nathan Mihelich

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