Vigil held for elderly man killed in Newport News shootout

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by Eric Kane, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 12:39 AM

NEWPORT NEWS — A community came together to mourn the loss of a Hampton man, shot and killed over the weekend in the city’s east end.

Dozens of people stood outside the Triumph Christian Center on Chestnut Avenue, holding candles, and praying for 71 year old Josephy Williams Jr.
 
Williams, a deacon at Triumph Christian, was fatally shot in the head Sunday afternoon.
 
Police say he was driving home when he got caught in the crossfire during a shoot-out between two men near the intersection of Marshall Avenue and 33rd Street.
 
"You couldn't ask for a better person to know, very loving, very kind, very generous, just a beautiful person inside and out," said Stachia Roundtree, a church member who sang at his vigil.
 
Speakers at the vigil urged action in the community to turn the tide of violence in the east end.
 
In the past week, a home on 20th Street was shot up during a gunfight, so was another car. 
No one was injured.
 
"The violence in the community does need to stop, that's why we had this prayer vigil out here tonight,” said Gary Wilkins, a friend of Williams. “East End, life is, not valued like it should be."
 
Friends say Williams dedicated his life reaching out and mentoring young people, and central theme featured in his vigil.
 
“My dream that every young person in this community, and not only in Newport News, but the world in which we live, that they may have the tenacity to dream and become better than where they are," said Dr. Reginald Dawkins, pastor at Triumph Christian.
 
Police have not named any suspects, or announced any arrests in Williams’ slaying.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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