Family holds memorial for teen found dead behind Verizon store

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — One year after a teen’s body was found behind a Verizon Wireless store in Homewood, her family is searching for answers surrounding her death.

Dozens of mourners gathered Friday in the cold rain, to pray and remember Taylor Williams.

The group stood in the parking lot on State Farm Parkway, where police found Williams’ body one year earlier.

Williams was 19 years old and a new mother; her daughter was just one year old.

“She went shopping Christmas Eve, to never return,” said JoAnn Crim, Williams’ grandmother. “We found her here in this parking lot on January 2nd. She had been shot and beat up in the face.”

Crim said she spoke to Williams on the phone the last day she’d been seen.

“I talked to her three times and the fourth time I talked to her, she was crying, and that’s the last we heard of her,” Crim said. “Then we got a text message that she was going to kill herself.”

Crim said suicide doesn’t make sense.

“She would have never left her baby. The whole world knows she would have never left her baby, because she loves her baby and she was ready for Christmas,” Crim said.

Over the past year, investigators have released little information surrounding Williams’ death. A spokesman for the Homewood Police Department said Friday that information was not immediately available.

While some families choose to grieve privately, Crim said her family’s struggle needs to be public.

“I need answers,” Crim demanded. “What happened on that day?”

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News



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