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‘They hurt me to my soul; they took my baby’: Family, friends remember Trinity Williams

Posted on May 7, 2021

Updated on May 10, 2021

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Trinity Williams' mother, Jacqueline Williams, second from right, speaks to supporters during a Thursday afternoon vigil at Lane Park. Pastor Donnie Daniels of Burning Bush Free Will Baptist Church, right, also spoke. Williams' brother, Quevontez Taylor, second from left, is shown standing behind his mother.

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Trinity Williams' mother, Jacqueline Williams, second from right, speaks to supporters during a Thursday afternoon vigil at Lane Park. Pastor Donnie Daniels of Burning Bush Free Will Baptist Church, right, also spoke. Williams' brother, Quevontez Taylor, second from left, is shown standing behind his mother.

Zaniyah Lindsey, London Bryant and Kaylina Edwards console one another during a Thursday afternoon vigil for Trinity Williams at Lane Park.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Zaniyah Lindsey, London Bryant and Kaylina Edwards console one another during a Thursday afternoon vigil for Trinity Williams at Lane Park.

Family and friends release purple balloons in honor of Trinity Williams, a 19-year-old Wilson Academy of Applied Technology student who was killed in a Monday stabbing.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Family and friends release purple balloons in honor of Trinity Williams, a 19-year-old Wilson Academy of Applied Technology student who was killed in a Monday stabbing.

Trinity Williams' mother, Jacqueline Williams, second from right, speaks to supporters during a Thursday afternoon vigil at Lane Park. Pastor Donnie Daniels of Burning Bush Free Will Baptist Church, right, also spoke. Williams' brother, Quevontez Taylor, second from left, is shown standing behind his mother.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Trinity Williams' mother, Jacqueline Williams, second from right, speaks to supporters during a Thursday afternoon vigil at Lane Park. Pastor Donnie Daniels of Burning Bush Free Will Baptist Church, right, also spoke. Williams' brother, Quevontez Taylor, second from left, is shown standing behind his mother.

Zaniyah Lindsey, London Bryant and Kaylina Edwards console one another during a Thursday afternoon vigil for Trinity Williams at Lane Park.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Zaniyah Lindsey, London Bryant and Kaylina Edwards console one another during a Thursday afternoon vigil for Trinity Williams at Lane Park.

Zaniyah Lindsey, London Bryant and Kaylina Edwards console one another during a Thursday afternoon vigil for Trinity Williams at Lane Park.
Family and friends release purple balloons in honor of Trinity Williams, a 19-year-old Wilson Academy of Applied Technology student who was killed in a Monday stabbing.
Trinity Williams' mother, Jacqueline Williams, second from right, speaks to supporters during a Thursday afternoon vigil at Lane Park. Pastor Donnie Daniels of Burning Bush Free Will Baptist Church, right, also spoke. Williams' brother, Quevontez Taylor, second from left, is shown standing behind his mother.

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Jacqueline Williams stood near a basketball goal and looked at the hundreds of people gathered at Lane Street Park to remember her daughter, 19-year-old Trinity Williams.

She said the large crowd Thursday afternoon showed just how much her daughter was loved.

But, she said, nobody loved Trinity more than she did.

“That was the love of my life,” Williams said to more than 300 people in attendance. “They took a piece of my heart that I will never get back. I don’t know what to feel today, but I do see all the love y’all have. I know she had a lot of friends, even though she was quiet.”

Williams’ daughter, a Wilson Academy of Applied Technology student, was stabbed and killed Monday night. Responding officers found Trinity Williams in the parking lot between Westview Lanes bowling alley and Sammy’s Convenient Mart on Ward Boulevard shortly before 11:30 p.m.

Authorities said there was a large crowd of people when officers arrived. The stabbing wasn’t connected to either business, police said.

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‘MY HEART IS SHATTERED’

The news of Trinity’s death has been heartbreaking not only for her friends and family, but for many in the community as well.

A vigil and balloon release was held Thursday to honor the teen whose smile could light up a room, loved ones said.

“My soul is hurt,” Trinity’s mother told the crowd through tears. “But God will give me the strength.”

Williams asked everyone to lift her family up in prayer.

“My heart is shattered,” she continued. “This hurt me to my soul. They hurt me to my soul; they took my baby.”

Williams was so overwhelmed with emotion that she fell into the arms of her son and Trinity’s older brother, Quevontez Taylor.

As his mother sobbed, he embraced her. Others in the crowd hugged. Tears fell as attendees stood in the wake of grief.

Trinity’s brother told The Wilson Times earlier that the past few days have been difficult for the entire family.

“We’ve got a long road ahead of us,” he said. “It ain’t never going to be easy. I lost my little sister. All we can do is keep her name alive.”

He said his sister, who was affectionately known as “Trin,” was outgoing and always smiling. She wanted to be a model, he said.

Trinity also has three sisters, Jada Pittman, Kamonie Williams and Aariona “London” Bryant.

‘SHINING DOWN ON US’

Many in the crowd wore purple, which Trinity’s brother said was her favorite color. Others sported T-shirts bearing an image of the 19-year-old’s smiling face.

“Long live Trinity,” some of the T-shirts read.

Trinity’s cousin Laniya Williams called Trinity’s death “senseless.”

“It’s very shocking,” she said. “It’s unbelievable. But she will always remain in our hearts.”

Laniya Williams could barely speak as tears streamed down her face.

“Love you, Trin, shining down on us,” she said, looking up at the sky.

Trinity’s cousin said there was never a day when Trinity wasn’t smiling. If she walked into a room, she was smiling. If she was talking to someone, she was smiling.

“She was so sweet and never bothered anyone,” her cousin said.

Siera Edwards, Trinity’s friend and a Hunt High School student, said any time she was enduring difficulties in life or needed someone to talk to, Trinity was always there for her.

She said she knew she wanted to be there Thursday to show her love for such an amazing friend.

“I know if it was the other way around, she would be here,” Edwards said.

Family and friends said that while Trinity was shy, she was a giving and beautiful person inside and out.

‘LOVE ONE ANOTHER’

The family pastor, Donnie Daniels of Burning Bush Free Will Baptist Church, led the crowd in prayer Thursday. He said the color purple symbolizes many things, including love, peace and royalty.

Mourners released hundreds of purple, black and white balloons. Many stood in silence and watched the balloons float skyward.

Daniels said there’s one message that he hopes resonated with those in attendance at Trinity’s vigil.

“The only thing we can actually do is to love one another,” Daniels said. “Love is key.” 

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