Posted at: 11/06/2013 10:09 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2013 6:34 PM
The family of a 15-year-old boy-murdered in front of his grandmother is speaking out. They say the teen died defending his grandmother.
Police say Tysean Williams was shot several times, just before 9:00p.m. Wednesday night. It happened at his grandmother's house in the city's southwest side. Police say the suspect knocked on the door of the home at the corner of Adams Street and Ford Street and then opened fire on the teen. He was rushed to Strong Hospital and taken directly into surgery, but did not survive. His grandmother witnessed the entire thing.
Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said investigators have a lot of work to do. They still do not know who is responsible for killing this teenager.
Williams was a sophomore at Wheatland-Chili High School as part of the Urban Suburban Program. His mother said Williams was extremely dedicated to his education. He wanted to be a web designer. He planned to study abroad. He even learned Chinese in the fourth grade.
Even though police are still investigating, his grandmother says she knows exactly what happened. She is the only eyewitness in the shooting. She said her grandson struggled with two men, one of them had a mask. Moments later, one of men shot her grandson several times. She says Tysean died defending her. Family members say they have no clue who these men are, but they have a message for the people involved.
Pearl Williams, grandmother of the victim, said, “How you busted in my house. That was wrong and how you killed my grandson that was wrong. I just beg you to turn yourself in.”
Shunae Williams, mother of the victim, said, “Just do the right thing. My son was raised to do the right thing. We were all raised to do the right thing and we would be grateful if someone could step up and do the right thing.”
Police say this is an ongoing investigation. Members of a nearby church tell News10NBC that police downloaded several video clips from their surveillance cameras and may have seen a suspect walking across the parking lot. So they are looking at every possible angle in hopes of making an arrest.
Wheatland-Chili Central School District posted a statement on its website this morning saying, "We are mourning the death of a student. Tysean Williams was a sophomore who attended Wheatland-Chili High School as part of the Urban Suburban program. Staff members say they will always remember Tysean for his commitment to academics, his quiet and easy going nature, and the connections he made with classmates. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tysean's family. Counseling support is being provided to students and staff."
Tysean Williams completed eighth grade at Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3 in 2012. Through the Urban Suburban program, he transferred to the Wheatland Chili school district for the school year beginning in September of 2012. The Rochester City School District released a statement saying, "Tysean was an honor-roll student who was popular and well-respected by the students and faculty at School 3. He lived near the school and often came back to visit. There is no sadder news than the death of a child, and it is even more tragic when a young man of such promise is taken by violence. Our hearts go out to Tysean's family, his former classmates and the teachers and staffs of both schools."