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15-year-old victim died protecting family

Family members said 15-year-old Tysean Williams died trying to protect his grandmother from two gunmen who tried to enter their home on Adams Street Wednesday.

Pearl Williams and her grandson had just gotten home from church when Pearl said, two men, one in a mask, knocked on her front door around 9 p.m. The door was unlocked, and Pearl said the two men tried to enter the home and she struggled to push the door closed.

"I was saying Jesus, Jesus help me Jesus, give me strength, oh God help me, help me and it was two of them against me one, said Pearl.

The masked man forced his arm through the opening of the door and pointed a gun at Pearl. She said her grandson came to her rescue and shoved the gunman.

He pushed my grandson into the stove and onto the floor, Pearl said then, he turned around and got his gun and he shot, bang, bang, bang.

According to the eye witness, the second man, still on the porch of the house, yelled to the mask man that he had shot the wrong person.

He pushed the door back open and bang, bang, bang, Pearl said the gunmen fired a second round of shots before the two men fled.

He died trying to save his grandmother, Shunae Williams said her son was a good kid who was trying to do the right thing.

Investigators with the Rochester Police Department said the teenager, an honor roll student at Wheatland-Chili High School, was not the intended target, but they do not believe this was a random shooting.

Williams family said theyve heard rumors that the gunmen were looking for Tyseans 21-year-old uncle who also lived at the home. Pearl said she and her grandson did not recognize either of the men.

Its tragic that it was him, Shunae said, he didn't deserve it, whatever issue, whatever problem, whatever beef they had, it wasn't worth my son's life and him not being able to fulfill the dreams he had.

Through the Urban Suburban program, Tysean transferred to the Wheatland-Chili school district at the beginning of the 2010 school year. His mother said the 15-year-old planned to go to RIT and dreamed of becoming a web designer to make video games.

Its tragic, its a real loss, Shunae said, he was a real good, smart, bright boy and he was going to do something with his life.

The family plans to set up a scholarship fund in Tyseans name so that other kids can fulfill their dreams and go to college. While they are working on that and planning the funeral, the family asks that the two gunmen turn themselves in.

The Rochester Police is investigating, but as of Friday night, they have no suspects in the murder of the 15-year-old.

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