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Family Renews Effort to Find Slain Teen's Killer

Posted July 22, 2007 10:49 p.m. EDT
Updated July 22, 2007 11:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.