Family, Friends Call for Change after Death of Minneapolis Activist

April 10, 2018 10:34 PM

Minneapolis residents and community activists gave city leaders an earful Tuesday night at a public safety meeting regarding the city's most recent homicide victim, 33-year-old Tyrone Williams. 

"How many more of us have to be gunned down in the streets while you keep having meetings," Chauntyll Allen, a friend of Williams, said. 


Williams was shot and killed April 3 on the sidewalk outside his of his home at Eighth Avenue North and Elwood Avenue North. The gunfire was within earshot of his entire family, including his four kids.

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"There was no real reason," his mother, Rosemary Nevils Williams, said. "There are vicious mean people and the kids saw their dad dying."

Only minutes before Williams was shot, he entertained his children by rapping a Dr. Seuss song with them. His family later posted a video of it online for others to see.

Williams was a father, activist, entrepreneur and champion of the community.

"He was committed to social justice and people who've been marginalized," his mother said. 

Williams' family still wants to know why he was shot and killed a week ago. That is what compelled his relatives and friends to go to the meeting Tuesday.

"Get to work before more constituents are gunned down," Allen said. "That blood is on your hands."

On Tuesday, a source close to the case said they have a warrant for the suspect involved in the shooting. 

To continue Williams' legacy, the family has started a foundation to support causes important to him. 

His funeral is on Saturday at Shiloh Church in North Minneapolis. 


Beth McDonough

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