It happened less than an hour into the new year. Willis had been getting into his car in the Walnut Park East neighborhood, when he was approached by a man who demanded money and then shot him twice in the stomach.
Willis had been volunteering for Better Family Life's Neighborhood Alliance initiative for two years (for more info on Neighborhood Alliance, read our September feature story You Say You Want A Revolution). He was 52 years old and had two daughters, one son, four grandchildren, and one great grandson.
Williams faces charges of first degree murder, first degree robbery, and armed criminal action. He's been arrested and is being held without bond.
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