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Family Grieves Over Loss Of Loved One In Drive-By Shooting

Posted July 23, 2002 1:54 a.m. EDT

— A drive-by shooting in Raleigh left a young man dead. Police say someone shot 19-year-old Pierre Willams in the head Monday while he was sitting in his car near his home on Grantland Drive. Family members said Williams was known as 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," said Daisy Partridge, Williams' grandmother.

His family believes Williams was one of God's angels. Residents who lived at Williams' Apollo Heights neighborhood have been gathering at the family home, just a few steps from where someone shot him in the head. Police and his family believe it was a case of mistaken identity.

"They had all these tubes in him and stuff. He'd never been sick a day in his life. I didn't bring him in this world like that, and I didn't want him to go out like that," said Deborah Partridge, Williams' mother.

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.

Police say they are looking for a light-colored sports utility vehicle. They are not sure how many people were in the car.

Williams worked at the Vena Wilburn YMCA. He was planning to attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the spring. He would have turned 20 next month.