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Classmates remember TySean Williams
Scottsville, N.Y. -- Wheatland-Chili High School Principal Brad Zilliox said it was one of the most difficult things he has ever had to do. Explain to students and staff that a 15-year-old classmate was murdered.
TySean Williams attended the school as part of the Urban-Suburban program. He lived on Adams Street with his grandmother. It was there he was killed last week. Rochester Police said TySean died protecting his grandma from two intruders that burst into their home.
Police said the shooting wasn't random but that TySean was not the intended target.
They have charged two suspects in that murder. 18-year-old Pedro Diaz and 22-year-old Tyquann Elmore are both facing second degree murder charges.
Police said TySean was an innocent victim. His family told us they don't know the suspects and have no idea why they were targeting someone in the home.
The murder was difficult for TySean's classmates at Wheatland-Chili to understand. They knew him as a smart, polite, quiet kid, who dreamed of someday being a videogame designer.
Zilliox said TySean had a quiet confidence about him and was always concerned more about the greater good than about himself.
Though he had only been at the school a little over a year, he fit right in and was active in Masterminds and other activities.
His friends and classmates decorated his locker, leaving prayers, messages and pictures in TySean's memory.
Pearl Williams, TySean's grandmother visited the school last Friday to try and explain this tragedy to her grandson's classmates. She wanted them to know he died protecting her.
Students and staff plan to attend TySean's funeral on Saturday at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, across from the home on Adams Street he shared with his grandmother.
TySean's church hopes to set up a scholarship in his memory. Wheatland-Chili is also hoping to establish some kind of permanent memorial for the 15 year old.
TySean's family will hold a prayer vigil and balloon release Wednesday night on Adams Street beginning at 6 p.m.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Faith Temple of the Living God Church on Lincoln Street. That's the church TySean and his family attended.
He had just returned home from a service there on the night he was killed.