The casket of a young father was cradled in flowers while friends and family overflowed into the parking lot of Ascending Faith Ministries in Burnettown on Saturday afternoon during the memorial service for Moses “Fat Man” Williams.
Police still do not know who killed the 19-year-old Aiken High School graduate. Williams was shot around 11:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the 300 block of Bradby Lane.
That night, his girlfriend told Aiken Public Safety that Williams had driven her home, Lt. David Turno said.
Shortly after she went inside, she heard a shot and ran outside to find Williams slumped over with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Centers a few hours later.
As of Saturday, police had no suspects but were continuing to interview and take tips, Turno said.
Williams’ mother, Timica James, said she believes it was a case of mistaken identity.
“He stayed out of trouble,” she said. “He just wanted to play football and be with his son.”
Williams has a 1-year-old boy who lived part time in Columbia with his mother.
As a child, Williams was a little chubby she said, which is why everyone called him “Fat Man.” At his memorial service, many of his friends and family members were wearing shirts made in his memory. The shirts had a picture of him on the front, and angel wings on the back. The inscription said “Fat Man. Gone, but not forgotten.”
James said Williams was homecoming king and received good grades. He was planning to join the Air Force in August.
Williams was known as a “mama’s boy,” who was always protecting his mother, she said. Even after he moved out a few months ago, he still stopped by to see her frequently.
Williams’ son lived with him half of the month, and the other half with his mother in Columbia.
“Everything he did, he did for that boy,” James said.
Williams’ service was a musical affair with members of his church and family singing songs. There were so many people in attendance, some had to stand outside in the parking lot. The stage was nearly overflowing with flowers.
A few of his friends spoke during the service including Charlene Harshaw, who described Williams’ as a role model.
“I learned everything I knew from Fat Man,” she said. “You’ll always be in my heart.”