Slain Duquesne teen's family still searching for answers
By Michael DiVittorio
Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 4:46 a.m.
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Community cooperation credited in Glassport shooting arrests
- Water line break mars first day of Lincoln Way upgrade in White Oak
- Charges expected in fatal Duquesne accident
- Primanti Brothers manager admits to stealing $30K
- Steel Valley decides on new business manager
- Elizabeth businesses expand despite traffic woes, road issues
- Ex-Allegheny County police officer pleads guilty in hit-run death
- Jefferson Hills officials slate drilling hearings
- Proposed bill would limit private meeting circumstances in Pa.
- McKeesport history center highlights women’s roles in Civil War
- McKeesport aerobic fundraiser for cystic fibrosis challenges attendees