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Family Renews Effort to Find Slain Teen's Killer

Posted July 22, 2007

— Family and friends of Pierre Williams renewed their effort Sunday to find the gunman who killed the 19-year-old in 2002.

Williams died outside his grandparents’ Raleigh home on Grantland Drive five years ago.

Investigators said they think Williams’ murder was a case of mistaken identity. He was shot in the head while sitting in his car.

Family and friends held a prayer vigil Sunday to renew their call for justice. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the unsolved murder.

Sierra Williams, the victim’s sister, said she remembers her brother as very loving.

“He used to take me places. I just miss him and everything about him,” she said.

Daisy Partridge, Williams’ grandmother, called him a fine young man.

“He never gave me one minute’s trouble. I never went to school for him for anything. He was always a nice, polite young man,” she said.

In a 2002 interview, Partridge 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 will 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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  • lorabora84 Jul 23, 2007

    I started crying when I saw the headline this morning...We can't give up! We can't forget those whom we have lost! I spent all morning of July 22, 2002 searching the Y for Pierre only to find that he would never grace us with his presence again, would never joke around again, would never be there again. That day is still so fresh in my mind. And I must note that I had only known P for about a month. A month! To know that someone could leave such an impression on me in such a short amount of time, shows that type of person he was. So again I say Thank You for renewing the search for his murderer. Pierre deserves justice.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 23, 2007

    This is sad. This man sounds as though he was a very fine young man with a bright future ahead of him. I hope that they find the jerk(s) who did this.

  • Juliett Jul 23, 2007

    This young man reminds me of the saying "God only picks the prettiest flowers". Thoughts and prayers are with the family and that this young mans murderer is caught and justice is served.

    Lastchance, I am so sorry for your loss also. My thoughts and prayers are with you also.

  • Mrs. Fabulous Jul 23, 2007

    Praying for the family and for justice in this case. The
    person(s) involved will pay horribly for this crime.

  • moglinferno Jul 23, 2007

    Reading about him literally makes me tear up. He sounds like a great great person who had a good head on his shoulders with ambition & dreams. Wanted to make something of himself. So sad. My thoughts & sympathy to all the family & the many many friends he had. Very sorry for your loss too lastchance, no parent should have to go through this. In one way or the other, justice will be served.

  • Historians 12th Jul 23, 2007

    I remember when this happened, it was a very sad thing. It seemed liked this young man was a very nice person with a bright future. I hope they can determine who is responsible & bring them to justice. My prayers are with his family & friends!!

  • isabella731 Jul 23, 2007

    And I do apologize for spelling Janet Abaroa's surname wrong :)

  • isabella731 Jul 23, 2007

    My prayers are with the family of this young man. It has to be hard to wait for 5 years and still not know anything. Maybe now the killer will be found and brought to justice. I pray for justice for Pierre, as well as Jenna & Ethen Nielson, Michelle Young and Janet Christiansen Aboroa. Such senseless loss of innocent lives.

  • RoseBud Jul 23, 2007


    I remember when your son was murdered, I am so sorry for your
    loss. These sensless killings have GOT to stop. I am thinking of you and your family, and you are in my prayers. Hopefully
    you will receive the answers & justice you deserve soon.

  • lastchance Jul 23, 2007

    So sorry to hear about another lose and crime unsolved. Im really getting sick of these crimes and the ones that are doing it are still walking our streets. Its as the earth swallowed them up, I know first hand cause I to are offering a $10,000 reward for the murder of my son and still no luck on who did this to us... We all need to join together and form some kind of protest and where we can get help to send out pictures of people of interest in all papers once a week. If anyone wants to help with this please email me,,, tristendeane1@yahoo.com. You can also visit www.leroyjernigan.com for 2 of the 4 people of interest... thanks.