At 2 am yesterday a vehicle stopped outside her home and two police officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) emerged with news no mother could ever be prepared to hear. Her son was dead.
Shirlette Thomas said she was awakened by officers who informed her that her 31-year old son Marlon “Shanti I” Williams of Belmont had been shot in his leg.
“I thought ‘OK, I have to go to the hospital to visit him.’ But then the policemen said ‘sorry ma’am he passed away.’ I didn’t know what to think,” Thomas told The Daily OBSERVER.
Williams who was employed at National Solid Waste Management Authority for the past four years was reportedly walking along All Saints Road in the vicinity of John I IV & V Race Track at about 10 pm Monday when a white vehicle pulled alongside him and one of the two occupants opened fire on him, striking him in the left thigh. The assailants then sped away.
Police reports are that the father of three ran after being shot and collapsed on the busy main road where he was discovered by motorists who contacted the Emergency Medical Services.
He was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely from his gunshot wound. He died at 1 am.
“It didn’t look good but we were optimistic that once we got him to hospital that he would have survived his ordeal,” a medical source said.
When the newspaper visited Thomas, she managed to maintain her composure. She noted that her only child died just hours shy of his 32nd birthday.
“His birthdate is on seventh of the seventh month, 1979 and he was the seventh murder for the year. I believed that he just ran out of fear and that’s what caused his death,” Thomas said.
Thomas said her son was a great father to his children Shanty, 11, J’Angelo, 5, and four-year-old Mareka.
His death brings the total number of murders so far for 2011 to seven.
Anyone with useful information that could help police to track the perpetrators is asked to call CID at 462-3913 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS (8477).
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)