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Slain Duquesne teen's family still searching for answers

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 4:46 a.m.
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Mourners observe a moment of silence at Monday's vigil for Duquesne teen Chauncey Williams on the first anniversary of his murder.
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Bruce Thorton releases balloons at a vigil for slain Duquesne teen Chauncey Williams.

A Mon Valley family still is looking for answers regarding the shooting death of one of their own a year ago.

Chauncey Lee Williams, 18, of Duquesne was gunned down the morning of July 1, 2012, while sitting with others on the back porch of a house along Craig Street in McKeesport.

Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Williams was pronounced dead sometime after 4:15 a.m. from multiple gunshots to his torso.

About 60 friends and relatives gathered at his gravesite in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery for a candlelight vigil Monday night.

“All our family is close,” Williams' mother Shakara Nesbit of McKeesport said. “This past year has been really hard, and with all our friends and family supporting us, that has helped us get through it. Every day somebody on Facebook is posting pictures and talking about all the good times. It just lets me know what a great boy he was.”

County homicide detectives say that someone shot at Williams and the others from the area between the houses. Williams was the only one struck.

Relatives say they have remained in contact with investigators, but there have been no arrests.

“I want someone to admit it,” Williams' father James Williams said. “It seems like everybody is letting it go, even the detectives.”

“They said they're staying on the case and working on it,” Nesbit said. “They have a few suspects, but nothing sticks.”

County homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman could not be reached for comment.

At Monday's vigil, mourners held blue, white and black star-shaped balloons imprinted with “It's All About You.”

Others wore T-shirts emblazoned with Williams' picture, and added messages to and memories of the slain teenager to a white poster.

A single dove was released as the song “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boys II Men played.

Flowers, framed photos, candles and a stuffed animal adorned the gravesite.

“That's my son right there,” James Williams said. “We're all dealing with it. We stick together. Everybody's still supporting us. That's comforting.”

The Rev. Earl Jones of Rainbow Temple Church in McKeesport encouraged forgiveness.

“If you don't (forgive), it will eat you alive. It will tear you up. I know what I'm saying,” Jones said. “I know it's not easy.”

Williams was a football player and an East Allegheny High School graduate.

Nesbit said her son was taking classes at Community College of Allegheny County and was preparing to transfer to Robert Morris University.

Aubrey Stevens, 19, of North Versailles Township, a classmate of Williams' at East Allegheny, said his friend was a young man with whom everyone wanted to be friends, who was involved with some street activity but trying to turn his life around.

“All he wanted to do was to be himself and have everyone be themselves around him,” Stevens said. “He did what he did, but he just wanted to make it. He wanted to go to school for football. He turned his grades around. His grades were really good.

“People were so jealous because he didn't have to be in the streets. He was just sitting on a porch and they came up behind him and got him. They just didn't like him. It shouldn't have been him, and it's really sad that it was him.”Nesbit said she hopes her family's tragedy will motivate others to keep their children close and watch out for them.

Anyone with information about Williams' murder should contact county police at 412-473-3000.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965 or