Mother wants answers after son’s shooting death

Marcia Williams with her son, Joshua, who was shot and killed Sept. 6.

As days have passed into weeks and now into a second month, Marcia Williams is no closer to knowing why her only son was killed inside a mobile home in Rineyville than she was in the early morning hours of Sept. 6.

Joshua Williams had just turned 21 a few weeks earlier.

“I miss him,” she said. “His smile, his presence. It felt good just to be around him in a room. If I didn’t see him, he would call me or send me a text message. It’s starting to get real hard now.”

It’s been nearly six weeks since she heard from her son. He had called Sept. 5 asking if she could drive by his Radcliff home and take him somewhere. She told him she couldn’t because she had plans and didn‘t want to be late.

He said he understood, Williams said.

Hours later, Marcia Williams awoke to a knocking on her door. It was about 3 in the morning and a family friend told her about an incident involving her son. She got dressed and went to a mobile home park off Deckard School Road where she said Williams’ girlfriend lived.

When she arrived, she knew it wasn’t good.

“I didn’t want to wait for the police to come to my house,” Marcia Williams said. “I didn’t know what it was or how bad. I didn’t think it was that (a death), until I saw the coroner’s vehicle.”

There has been no arrest in the case. Authorities received a 911 call about 2:30 a.m. that day and when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Heartland Mobile Home Park residence in the 1400 block of Deckard School Road in Rineyville, Williams was bleeding and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.

Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said Wednesday the case remains an open investigation with detectives following up on various leads.

Williams, a mother of three children, said the unknown surrounding her son’s death has been agonizing.

“It’s just very difficult,” she said. “We need to have some kind of closure. His killer is still out there.”

She said she had a close relationship with her son.

“He wouldn’t leave me without a hug and a kiss,” she said. “He had dreads and usually when I’d kiss him his hair would be in the way. The last time I saw him he pulled his dreads back and when I kissed him I had skin. He was a very sweet, lovable and loyal person. I don’t know what could have happened to make something like that (his shooting death) happen.”

She said she has initiated contact with the sheriff’s office to learn anything she can about the case.

Williams said her son wrote her a poem on Valentine’s Day about how much he loved her. She said he liked to draw and cook and said he had plans to attend college.

“He wouldn’t want us to mourn,” she said. “He would want us to be happy and go on with our lives. Josh is at peace. He was just so young. ... It shouldn’t happen to a person that young. He had his whole life ahead of him.”

Anyone with any in­for­mation on the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 270-765-5133, Ext. 0, or contact Hardin County CrimeStoppers at 800-597-8123 to report information anonymously

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or

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