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Growing up, sometimes even on into adulthood, parents are the ones who are able to spot trouble first. Whether it be regarding someone you believe is your friend who actually is not or going to a party that seems safe on the surface level, but is really detrimental to your well-being, for some reason, they just know. Sadly for one 16-year-old teenager; however, he was either unaware of this fact or chose to ignore it.
According to the New York Daily News, Iquan Williams (pictured right) attended a party in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn Saturday evening. The young man went despite warnings from his family that he should not. Mr. William’s brother even informed him about hearing on Facebook that one of the guests at the party would be armed with a gun.
Mr. William’s mother, Tiana Williams, is struggling to deal with the heart-breaking tragedy. She remembers her final conversation with her son. “We called him at 9 p.m., and said, ‘Don’t go,'” she explained. “He texted me (around 10 p.m.). I said, ‘Watch your surroundings. Be careful.’ He said, ‘I love you.’ I said, ‘I love you.’”
Unfortunately, Mr. Williams did not take heed to his mother’s plea for him to skip the party and went anyway. “He said he wouldn’t, but he went,” the saddened mother mustered.
Shots rang off approximately one hour and a half from the time Mr. Williams and his mother exchanged their final text. By the time the attack was through, Mr. Williams had been killed. Police are still in pursuit of potential suspects, and a motive has not been released.
Mr. William’s family does not believe any bullets were meant for him. “He must have walked out with someone they were shooting at,” said Ms. Williams. “My son didn’t deserve this. We don’t deserve to be out here crying,” she continued. “I want whoever did this . . . They ripped our hearts out.”
Ty Moore, another young person from the party said the shooting seemed to come out of nowhere, as reported by News One. “I heard gun shots. I was around the corner. By the time I got back to the block the cops were all over the place,” he explained.
Iquan Williams is the youngest person in the city to be killed so far this year. According to The News, there has been eight murders documented in Brooklyn since the beginning of 2014.
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