Jerry Michael Williams, 32, was found dead by his roommate after he failed to show up to work on January 17, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. A man was found murdered in his home earlier this year and police are still looking for answers to their questions about the circumstances surrounding his death.
On the morning of March 14, 2017, police officers responded to a call about a shooting at an apartment complex in Dallas, Texas. Investigators found Jerry Michael Williams dead on arrival. A manhunt for the suspect was initiated. The police are still investigating this case and have not released any further details.
Who is Jerry?
Jerry Michael Williams was an African-American U.S. veteran, husband and father living in the Bay Area. On July 24, 2014, at approximately 10:15 pm he was found unresponsive on the side of the road by a passerby who called 9-1-1. Jerry died at the hospital without regaining consciousness three days later on July 27th after he succumbed to severe head trauma caused by blunt force trauma from a possibly knife wound.
On October 3rd Jerry’s wife filed for divorce saying that she suspected his death had been murder and not an accident as originally reported. After investigations confirmed her suspicions, the police arrested Michael Gene Coxon Jr., a 20 year old white male who they believe stabbed Jerry while they were arguing near his car on the side of El Camino Real.
A large amount of blood loss led investigators to believe that the fight may have begun inside the vehicle where it is believed Coxon stabbed Jerry with a knife or other sharp object before fleeing into nearby bushes where he was apprehended by police less than five minutes later after a short foot chase.
It is unclear why Coxon stabbed Williams but authorities say they may never know due to the suspect’s lack of cooperation with investigators. Coxon has been charged with one count each of second degree murder, assault with deadly weapon and battery causing serious injury
Why Did He Die?
Jerry Michael Williams was a disabled veteran and successful carpenter in his hometown. He was also the father of six children, with three grandchildren. One morning, he woke up to a knock on the door from US Marshals and police officers who were executing an arrest warrant for him. Thinking it was a joke, Jerry opened the door only to find himself staring down the barrel of a gun.
The officers handcuffed him in front of his children and took him away. Jerry’s family never saw him again because he died in prison due to what authorities say is natural causes but many believe may have been something more sinister like medical neglect or foul play by guards.
The reason Jerry Michael Williams died in federal custody isn’t just important for his family; it has become a rallying cry for families all over America whose loved ones—disabled, young and old—have disappeared inside our country’s prisons and jails.
How Did It Affect His Family?
Jerry’s family was devastated by his death. His father, mother and girlfriend all expressed their love for him in interviews. Jerry’s father had this to say, I loved my son with all my heart. The police haven’t given any more information about the case other than that they are still looking for suspects.
What Can We Learn From This Tragedy?
Jerry Michael Williams’ death was a terrible tragedy. He had his whole life ahead of him, and he was gunned down for nothing. The fact that this happened in broad daylight is especially disturbing because it means the shooter felt no shame or remorse for their actions. There are many things we can learn from this tragedy, though some may be more difficult than others.
We can start by being more aware of our surroundings so that we don’t become victims as well. It’s also important to realize that gang violence is pervasive and not something to brush off as something outside of our lives. Gang violence doesn’t just happen on TV or in other people’s neighborhoods; it happens right here at home too.
Jerry Michael Williams, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed in the street on May 12th at around 3:00pm. The shooting took place outside an apartment complex on the 2500 block of South Gaylord Street in Denver. At this time, police are investigating but there are no leads on who might be responsible for this tragedy.
We are asking anyone with any information to please contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or to call 911. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife and three children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they grieve their loss during this difficult time.
Thank you for reading about the tragic murder of Jerry Michael Williams. I hope this has given you a better understanding of what happened. I encourage you to share this with your friends and family to make sure they are aware. If you want to help, donate to the family’s GoFundMe page, or reach out and offer your assistance in any way possible. Together we can stop crimes like these from happening again.