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Vigil remembered Sterling Williams

Rochester, N.Y. -- Dozens of loved ones marched into Genesee Valley Park to remember Sterling Williams Thursday evening. All huddled together to comfort one another, family members said the vigil was full of pain and prayers.

My brother is gone, he dead, hes not coming back, Tanisha Williams said as tears welled up in her eyes. No one knows the pain I feel, thats my little brother, said Williams.

Last seen at Genesee Valley Park Sunday night, the body of 16-year-old Sterling Williams was pulled from the Genesee River Wednesday morning.

Its tragic, were disappointed, were upset, were confused and were terrified, Kisha Smith said, We still dont know all the facts about how we exactly lost Sterling.

Williams aunt, Smith, said the family does have a sense of closure. The search for the 16-year-old boy is over but loved ones want to know what happened at the park and how Williams died.

We still dont know what happened, Adrienne Williams said of her grandson, But he had to die a horrific death, he must have suffered long.

An official cause of death has not been released but the investigation is ongoing; authorities still need to determine why Williams was at the park and how he ended up in the water. According to the Rochester Police Department, initial tests from the show no signs of foul play.

A kind and caring boy, Smith said Williams will be remembered for his big heart. He was respectful and well-rounded, Smith said, He had a lot of goals and he had a bright future ahead of him.

As people sang hymns, read scriptures and cried, Smith said everyone at the park had one message for Sterling. You're in our hearts Sterling; you always will be, Smith said, We love you!

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Washington Times