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Family stunned by murder of young father of two

Posted September 2, 2013

— The family of Errol Williams gathered to mourn and pray Monday, a day after the 27-year-old father of two was gunned down.

Fayetteville police are searching for the men who robbed Williams early Sunday at a Bragg Boulevard Kangaroo, forced him into his car and shot and killed him just blocks away. 

"It's horrible to take somebody's life like that, over nothing," Williams' sister, Sadie Everett, said Monday.

Everett is sure her brother would have cooperated with his attackers, and she said she thinks they killed him because he had seen their faces.

Within hours of the crime, much of North Carolina had seen the suspects, too. Fayetteville police released surveillance images and video from the gas station, at 5642 Bragg Boulevard, in hopes that someone would come forward to identify the culprits.  Surveillance images: Suspects in robbery, murder

"Please call Crime Stoppers," Everett said. "Contact somebody." 

Williams was a high school graduate and a Navy veteran. He was working a Smithfield Packaging in Tar Heel, his family said. 

"He didn't have an enemy in the world," Everett said. Her brother liked to smile and sing, and he was vain about his hair. A recent photograph shows him with long dreadlocks.

Police are looking for three men, one of whom was spotted inside the convenience store wearing a black T-shirt, black cap with a "T" logo and a silver chain with a cross.

Police believe those same men returned to the store Sunday afternoon to steal the surveillance equipment there, but their images had already been distributed.

In both instances, the men drove away in a gray or silver Kia Sportage. Police warned that the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and callers can remain confidential.


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  • HDStreetGlide Sep 11, 2013

    Sorry for this family lost!! waiting to hear comment from NAACP about these type of crimes and the people who are committing these crimes!!! Hello, Mr. Barber where are you???

  • irishgirlsarepretty Sep 4, 2013

    This is just beyond terrible :( Prayers for his family and friends, especially his two little ones :(

  • 678devilish Sep 4, 2013

    He though he is gone, his parents should push and push the law until they have made an arrest. Somebody knows something and they need to talk. It could very well have been your love one. Do the right thing and talk to the cop and tell all you know. This killer is still walking around freely. You OK with that? Think about his mother and father and family in what they are going through.

  • 678devilish Sep 3, 2013

    Why have camera when the camera does not show clear picture of the criminals?

  • 678devilish Sep 3, 2013

    What was this young man involved in to be gun down like that? Who did he hang around with? Who was his so call friends?

  • 678devilish Sep 3, 2013

    Where is the OUTRAGE!

  • TITAN4X4 Sep 3, 2013

    WRAL is letting this slip while it has been picked up by FOX NEWS.......http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/03/nc-police-search-for-men-who-shot-and-killed-27-year-old-navy-veteran/
    WRAL please bump this up to the top!

  • raskimjus152 Sep 3, 2013

    I have stopped at this store several times on my way out of town. This is just awful! And they came back that afternoon for the video tape!

    My prayers go out to this young man's family, especially his children.

    Fayetteville is getting more violent each day!

  • 678devilish Sep 3, 2013

    Somebody knows exactly who killed this young man. They are just as guilty for not speaking up. I sure hope it eats on you mind.

  • 678devilish Sep 3, 2013

    My condolences to the family and friend in your loss. May God bring all of you comfort in the days ahead. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Keep his memories for they are precious. Talk about him still, show picture. All of you are in my prayers.