D.C. police say neighbors on 44th Street, NE heard a single gunshot around 11:40,Thursday night.Detectives believe 31-year old Olu Williams was hit by a shotgun blast.He was transported to a local hospital, but died from the trauma.
A source familiar with the investigation believes Williams was shot in the middle of the street, but managed to make his way to the front of the garden apartment building where he lived before collapsing.
Olu Williams had just finished his coursework at Catholic University; he would have received his bachelor’s degree in business at graduation this spring.Williams was a slightly older-than-usual undergraduate because he was working full time to pay for his education.In fact, when Williams was gunned-down he was walking home from the Deanwood Metro station, after finishing his shift at a shoe store at Dupont Circle.
His mother, and other family members, are devastated.“I just don’t understand what could possibly have been the motivation for anyone for anyone attacking him,” lamented Ife Chambers, the mother of the victim.“He just was a really nice, quiet guy… no strife or disagreement with anyone and certainly not in his neighborhood.”
Olu Williams was a good student at Catholic University, according to his family, and according to his minister, whom he recently met with to talk about attending law school.“He was generous, kind and loving, committed to his family, and committed to his church family,” said the Rev.Alethea Smith-Withers of the Pavilion of God (Baptist) Church.“The pictures of him on Facebook, he was serving, giving out food on Thanksgiving with our congregation to those who needed meals.”
“He was generous, kind and loving, committed to his family, and committed to his church family.The pictures of him on Facebook, he was serving, giving out food on Thanksgiving with our congregation to those who needed meals.”
The motive in this killing may have been robbery.It is believed police to have not found any witnesses to the killing.The department is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction of whoever gunned-down Olu Williams in Deanwood, late Thursday night.