Family of Murder Victim Speaks Out

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Tragedy struck the Williams family last Saturday night when Derome Williams was shot outside Zac's Club in Midland after police said he got into a fight with another man.

Derome died on Wednesday at Midland Memorial Hospital and now nearly a week from the shooting, his family is still shaken.

"Praying. Praying is the one thing keeping me up and just, day-by-day," Valencia Williams-Jackson, Derome's mother, said.

They told NewsWest 9 by being there together, supporting one another, and cherishing fond memories of Derome, they're able to get by.

"I tell him 'Eddie's been acting up' and he'd be like 'boy, you better be acting right, don't you give no teachers no problems'. That's the kind of person he was," Derome's Aunt, Tammy Mitchell, said.

"Derome was a very caring person and people knew that," Williams said.

But money for the funeral is an issue.

Derome had no insurance at the time he died and leaves two children in the care of their mother.

They've received some financial support from other friends and family but are still in need.

On Thursday, the family set up a fund at Western National Bank in Midland, hoping to receive donations from the community.

"We're trying to get donations because he didn't have any insurance and we're trying to get money for burial," Williams said.

"God knows we need help," Derome's brother, Ray Williams, said. "God knows we need help to just bury him. He's in a safe place now, he's in good hands."

Derome's funeral is slated for this coming Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at True-Lite Christian Fellowship Church in Midland.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Williams family, you can do it at any Western National Bank in Midland. Just tell them the money's for the Valencia Williams Benefit Derome Williams fund.

On Friday, Midland Police announced that US Marshals had arrested Terrance Eugene Neal. He has been charged in connection with the shooting.