FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Three men were shot Friday night, and by Saturday, two of them died from their injuries.
The youngest of the three men shot was 21-year-old Donte Williams.
His father, Tracey Williams, is a volunteer with the Fort Pierce Guardian Angels. The volunteer group makes regular foot patrols in problem areas of Fort Pierce, working to stop drug deals, and stop gun violence.
Friday, that violence hit close to home for Williams. His son, a corner back for the Treasure Coast Bengals football team, was fatally shot on the street near North 43rd Street and Grade Drive in suburban Fort Pierce.
"Right now, I just need justice, and I need people to start talking," Williams said outside of Lawnwood Medical Center.
Williams wants to know who shot his son and why, saying he wasn't a violent person. "I raised him not to want to fight, not to be in gangs."
Williams does his part to make the community safer, but this time, regular foot patrols and community outreach efforts didn't protect his son."
"I'm disappointed, hurt, angry," Williams said.
Now, more motivated than ever to keep urging the community to speak out about who's committing crimes.
Dozens of residents met with nearly 30 Fort Pierce ministers Saturday afternoon for an ice cream social to get people to talk about recent violence. There, community leaders said shootings like the ones on Friday could be solved if people come forward with what they know.
The Guardian Angels supported the Williams family at the hospital Saturday, before making more foot patrols hoping to protect someone else from gun violence.
Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to call 911 or contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.
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