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Family seeks answers in teen's death

Rochester, N.Y. On Wednesday morning, the body of 16-year-old Sterling Williams was found in the Genesee River.

Williams disappeared on Sunday and after three days of searching for him, his familys worst nightmare was confirmed.

Police say, at this time, foul play is not suspected.

Williams family wants to know, if not foul play, what led to the teens death.
They say Williams was an excellent swimmer and they do not believe he would have drowned.

Furthermore, the family says Williams was last seen at Genesee Valley Park on Sunday with about eight of his friends who were all about 11 or 12.

My nephew left here with a bunch of 11 or 12 year olds, explained Williams aunt, Kisha Smith. So you know where his mindset was. He liked to hang with younger kids and just have fun.

Smith says that all the kids eventually came back to pick up their bikes at the Williams home but Sterling never came home.

The Williams family claims the Rochester Police Department has not offered any answers as to what might have happened. While the department says they do not suspect foul play at this time, the Williams family thinks otherwise.

They feel something happened at the park near the water on Sunday that Williams friends are not willing to talk about. Even if Sterling died on accident, the family doesnt understand why his friends arent talking about what happened.

Smith says she has personally pleaded to his friends hoping to find some answers.

What we want to know now is how my nephew left this world, Smith said. Was my nephew struggling? Did anyone have a hand in leading my nephew to not be in this world and if so, we want them to be prosecuted.

The Monroe County Medical Examiners Office is conducting an autopsy to determine Williams cause of death.



 
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