COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Wednesday marked one year since a Circle K store clerk was shot and killed on duty in Columbus.
Dontrell Williams was also an army veteran and Columbus State University student. His family said Williams was working at the gas station to save up money for rent.
Daequavian Solomon is facing a murder charge for Williams' death. He is currently in Alabama serving a sentence for violation of probation. Solomon won’t face a Columbus judge for another few years.
“When he finishes at DOC up there in the state, he will be sent either voluntarily or extradition process, he will be sent to Georgia,” said Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor. “He won’t be released even if they give him another probation or early out in Alabama. He will be sent to Georgia before he is released.”
A vigil took place Tuesday night where Williams' family honored his life at the Circle K on Forrest Road. Family members drove in from as far as West Virginia and Warner Robbins, Georgia to unite and share memories.
“I just thank God for another chance just to be here to witness the love that is shown here today for my son,” said Williams' stepfather, Ernest Weaver. “The best thing we can do here is pray.”
The family lit lanterns, played music, and released balloons in Williams' honor.