James Williams was a 46 year old, devoted husband and father who was brutally shot and killed in his own backyard by a Canton City Police Officer just after midnight on New Year's Day. The officer shot through the Williams Family privacy fence with no regard to who or what stood behind it, neither did he announce himself or give any warning, whatsoever. Due to the reckless brutality of the Canton City (Ohio) Police Department, Marquetta Williams became a widow, and their six girls will grow up through life without their father. James and Marquetta were married for 14 years and shared six beautiful daughters together. At the candlelight vigil that was held in honor of James, one of his daughters described him as being a great dad that always did whatever he had to do to make his children happy. James was a true family man and loved spending time with his girls. He was known to host cookouts in the neighborhood for all to enjoy, and his kindness and laughter was contagious. James was a good man that will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him.
Unfortunately, there was no life insurance set up for James and he was the primary support system for his family of 8. While Marquetta did return to work shortly after the death of her husband, she has to settle into the devastating reality that she is now a single mother providing for a large family. While no amount of money could ever bring James back, the support of the community can help to alleviate some of the financial burden during this time of deep sorrow and grief for the Williams Family. In addition to funeral costs and legal assistance, there are living expenses including: housing, utilities, transportation, food, and more that Marquetta is simply not prepared to manage all by herself. We are, humbly, asking for the assistance of the community to gather around this family and support them in any way they can. Any donation is appreciated and is a blessing to the Williams Family, no matter how big or small. If you aren't able to contribute financially, we just ask that you share this GoFundMe on social media with your friends and family.
Thank you for taking the time to hear James' story, and we ask that you continue to send positive thoughts and prayers their way.