The Durham family pushes for answers, solutions after a man is killed in a shooting and car crash

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – Deon Gagum has to smile when he thinks about his little brother Jabari Williams.

“Joker. One thing I talked about earlier today is one thing he would always call you nephew,” he said, smiling.

Williams was the youngest of five. In 2019 he graduated from the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in Durham.

“Two weeks ago, me, my brother and his girlfriend; I took her to vote for the first time,” Gagum said.

On Thursday, Gagum got the call no older brother wants to hear.

“I think I just got to Durham. My mother called me. She was crying, so I knew immediately something was wrong,” he explained.

While responding to an accident on South Street around 6:30 a.m. Thursday night, officers found a man shot dead in the vehicle.

It was Williams. he was 21 years old.

Gagum and his family relive the same nightmare from 15 years ago.

In 2007, her eldest brother, JaQuienton Sellars, was killed.

“Same thing. Gun violence. He was murdered in Hillsborough. 15 years later, the case is still unsolved,” Gagum said.

Sellar’s death inspired her mother, Sherry Williams, to start the Mothers of Murdered Kids organization, which campaigns for grieving mothers and stricter gun laws.

Gagum said he not only wants to draw attention to William’s investigation, but also wants to continue his mother’s work of advocating for solutions.

“When are we going to put pressure on our elected officials? Because I don’t want my brother’s death to be in vain. I want us to actually do something,” he said.

Gagum said he would like background checks to be carried out.

He also said Williams was just a likeable guy. He doesn’t know how that could have happened.

Durham Police said Friday it was still an active investigation. The Durham family pushes for answers, solutions after a man is killed in a shooting and car crash


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