AIKEN — Cathie Hinton said Moses “Fat Man” Williams was a young man who was trying to make something of his life.
Her 19-year-old nephew had always steered clear of trouble and had ambitions to join the Air Force, she said, so his death is all the more shocking and puzzling.
“He was basically a good kid that had no problems, a young man who was striving to better himself and then something like this happens,” Hinton said. “It baffles me. It goes beyond any understanding that I could possibly have.”
Hinton and other family members came to the Aiken Department of Public Safety on Wednesday to ask for the public’s assistance in finding Williams’ killer.
“There is strength in unity, and this has brought our family closer,” said Hinton at a morning news conference in the Public Safety headquarters on Laurens Street. “We are not going to rest until someone is brought to justice for what they have done to him.”
Police say Williams was shot around 11:30 p.m. Feb. 5 after driving his girlfriend home on Bradby Lane.
Williams’ girlfriend told police that after she went inside, she heard a shot and ran outside to find Williams slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car. He had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Centers a few hours later.
Investigators have been working on the case but have few leads to follow, said Aiken Public Safety Capt. David Turno. They hope someone will come forward with information that will lead to his killer, he said.
“Moses was their child. He was a person and this family wants closure,” Turno said. “We need the public’s help.”
Turno said that Williams did not have a criminal history, so there are no leads there to pursue.
Williams’ stepfather, Benny James, said he had worked to keep Williams busy when he was in high school to help him avoid idle time and situations that allow so many other teens to stray down the wrong path.
James said two of Williams’ friends had also been killed in recent years, so the family had made a conscious effort to keep him out of trouble. That had worked, but it still didn’t keep Williams safe, the family said.
“Everybody has something good to say about Moses “Fat Man” Williams because Moses was a good person and he did not deserve this,” Hinton said.
Hinton said the situation is all the more tragic because Williams will not be around to raise his 2-year-old son.
“It’s sad that this young baby is going to miss out on that because he had a wonderful father and now he is going to have to be raised without his father and it is unfair,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 274-6372. Callers can receive a cash reward.