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Alijah Cole Williams

Age 18

Antioch, Tennessee

He left behind a young son

Highlight reels show he played football in high school. Photos posted to his Facebook page in September show his newborn son.

It was Christmas Day. He drove to the home of his son’s uncle, Montarius Bean, in Nashville, Tennessee. Bean told police “he kicked his way in.” Bean’s mother set out some belongings before Bean and his brother confronted him. He went out to his car, claiming he had something for them.

Fearing the worst, Bean shot and killed Alijah Cole Williams, 18, on Dec. 25, 2018. No gun was found on Williams or in his car. No charges were filed at the time.

By Sara Stemmler · Age 16
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