By: Kara Duffy
Thomasville, Ga. -- It's been a little more than nine months since Aida Williams last saw her son Hassan Williams.
"It's horrible," Aida Williams said. "Our life has changed forever. It won't ever be the same. The tears never stop. The wanting him to come in the door; I'm still waiting on that."
The 21-year-old was found face down in the backyard of a Thomasville home on July 17th. Investigators say Williams, who had been honorably discharged from the Army just three days before, had been shot multiple times.
"That was one of God's angels and it's just not right," said Williams. "It still isn't right."
The Williams family traveled 6 hours from Columbia, South Carolina to join dozens of others for Thomasville's 29th annual "Victims Crime Right's" event.
"We honor victims and their families who have suffered violent crimes here in the community and we recognize and honor the survivors of these violent crimes," Catherine Smith, Assistant District Attorney Thomasville, said.
It's a pain Sergeant Maurice Holmes with the Thomasville Police Department knows all to well. His sister-in-law and nephew were brutally murdered in Thomasville back in 2007.
"This affected me in a different way," he said. "For the first time in my career, I was on the victim's side of a violent crime and it was a very tough situation to deal with."
The Williams' family says they too are struggling to deal with their situation, but say they will keep fighting for justice.
"We took a long trip to be here and we're here and we are going to be here every time," Williams said.
Four people have since been charged in the murder of Hassan Williams. They remain behind bars at the Thomas County Jail.
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