Mother calling on community to help fight violence after son's murder on his birthday

A Columbus mother is speaking out about the recent violence plaguing the city after her son was murdered on his birthday. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS. Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Columbus mother is speaking out about the recent violence plaguing the city.

Her son was the city’s 123rd homicide victim of the year. The family laid him to rest on Wednesday. She’s now pleaded with the community to come together and say enough is enough to violence.

“It’s by the grace of God that I’m still here right now,” said Rhonda Williams.

For the last few weeks the pain for Williams has been unbearable.

“I can’t describe this. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” said Williams.

Unfortunately, Williams and a host of parents across Columbus now have a shared sense of grief. Her 28-year old son Dominic was also the father of a young son. Dominic Williams was gunned down December 3rd at the Photo Shoot Lounge on the city’s east side. Dominic was celebrating his birthday at the time.

“It just takes all the life, strength, everything out of you and your heart just breaks. I feel like my heart is broke in two,” said Williams.

An arrest has not been made in the case. Williams spoke out in hopes of sending a message: a mother’s plea for peace, hoping her tears and heartache will not only push someone to come forward in her sons case, but move the community to take a stand against the violence.

“I wish somebody would speak out to help. We need help,” said Williams.

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