Family, neighbors gather to remember Isis Williams

Pat Toddy
December 18, 2018 - 7:28 am
Friends, family and neighbors of Isis Williams gathered in East Germantown on Monday night.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Friends, family and neighbors of Isis Williams gathered in East Germantown on Monday night for a tearful tribute to a young life cut down by gun violence. They lighted candles, released balloons, and brought teddy bears for Williams' three daughters, among them a newborn. 

More than 100 people gathered in front of the home that Williams had recently moved into, where police say her boyfriend, Tyrese Lynch, killed her Friday morning.

Her loved ones are still in disbelief.

Cousin Amara Thornton said, "Me and her got this little thing where we scream before we laugh, and like everytime we went out, some people would always ask are you guys sisters, because everyone said we looked alike."

The 24-year-old Williams was shot to death, just days after her third daughter was born. 

"She was a wonderful mother," said cousin Christina Yarbough. "She loved her children. Her children loved her." 

Friends, family and neighbors of Isis Williams gathered in East Germantown on Monday night.
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Monday's candlelight vigil was also a call to end violence and domestic violence. 

Yarbough says she considered Williams like one of her daughters. She delivered an impassioned plea to the crowd.

"I just want to say something about domestic violence," she said. "If you're in it, please get out. Don't stay. Don't stay. It's not worth it. We don't want to be standing here for another vigil."