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Family of slain YMCA counselor seeks justice

Posted July 28, 2011
Updated August 15, 2015

— The family of a Raleigh YMCA counselor murdered nine years ago said they will seek justice until his killer is found.

Pierre Williams, 19, was shot twice in the head while sitting in his car outside his grandparents’ Raleigh home on Grantland Drive in July 2002. Investigators said they think Williams' slaying was a case of mistaken identity.

One arrest was made in Williams' death, but those charges were dropped for unknown reasons.

Family and friends held a prayer vigil last week to renew their call for justice.

In a 2002 interview, Daisy Partridge, Williams' grandmother, said her grandson was a young man who put family and church first.

"He ushered. He went to Bible study Wednesday night. He sang with another choir. He played the drums there. He went to Bible study Tuesday," she said.

Williams worked at the Vena Wilburn YMCA. He was planning to attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

In 2002, his mother, Deborah Partridge, talked about seeing her son in the hospital with tubes in his body after the shooting.

"He’d never been sick a day in his life," she said. "I didn’t bring him in this world like that, and I didn’t want him to go out like that."

Rebie Partridge, Williams' grandfather who raised him since he was 6 years old, said justice would help ease the pain.

"I want the law to do whatever they can do to prosecute to the fullest, to the fullest of the law," he said in a 2002 interview.


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  • Chloe93o Jul 29, 2011

    I miss my cousin! It would be nice to close this chapter.Maybe then we can move on and accept it.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 29, 2011

    There is a very good chance that the person who did this is either already in Jail or dead.

  • sammyg Jul 29, 2011

    I pray his killer is found after all these years. He sounds like a wonderful person and the world is a sadder place to have lost him so young.

  • AX Jul 28, 2011

    Where is the Vena Wilburn YMCA??? Whats with the half news? Is it not the LOCAL TRIANGLE YMCA's school program HELD at Vena Wilburn Elementary School?

  • CharmedLife Jul 28, 2011

    My heart bleeds for this young man's family. Whomever is responsible for shoting this young man, should stand up and say something! I mean, if you think you man enough to go all gangsta and take a good man's life, then you should be man enough to stand up and admit it! Noone knows what this person's destiny was and now we'll never know. He could have been the one to find a cure for cancer, diabetes, AIDS....ANYTHING! I'm sure the perp reads thru here and I hope he/she does see this and think about what's been said just now. Don't do the crime if ya can't do the time.