ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- In 2001 DeAngelo Williams was taken from his home by armed intruders.
Fourteen days later he was found dead in an abandoned Rockford home. Now nine years later police feel that they may be close to solving the case, but they need our help.
23 News Anchor Mike Garrigan said, “Normally a Rockford cold case includes a narrative from me to help advance the story, but in the case of Williams any words I could come up with would pale in comparison with what the Williams family has to offer. So let's hear from those close to DeAngelo in their own words.
DeAngelo’s mother Addie “Nell” Williams said, “[DeAngelo was] Loving, sweet, funny; just a funny person."
“We were like really close, you know talked about girls,” DeAngelo’s sister Erica Williams said. “You know I missed that because he was the only brother I had."
Deangelo’s Godmother Ronda Fort said, "He was just fun to be around. I mean everybody loved him. You meet him you love him. That's why he's missed so much now even after nine years going on ten years."
"On April 21st, 2001 around 2, 2:30 am, DeAngelo Williams came home to 310 South Hinckley with a 14 year old friend,” Rockford Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark said. “As they came inside the house, three other black males followed him in."
"I was in the other room with my back turned, and then when I turned around, I saw three guys and they said, 'Yeah you turn around and come out here and lay down too.'"
"While they were on the ground they demanded money and car keys."
"They wanted the keys to the car and I lied and said I didn't have them and he put a gun to my head and said 'you're lying, I saw you when you drove up' so they must have been watching for a while."
"Addie and the 14-year-old girl were bound with phone cord."
"They were going to tie us up together but one of the other guys said no tie them up separate, and (DeAngelo) looked like he wanted to put up a fight and I was like 'no'. The last thing I said to him was 'lay down because it will be over later'."
"Addie Williams and the 14 year old female were brought down stairs, DeAngelo remained upstairs with the suspects."
"They took me downstairs and put a pillow case over my head and we just laid down for a minute. Then when it seemed quiet, we went upstairs."
"They came upstairs and found DeAngelo Williams missing from the residence. There was no contact made during that 14 day time period until May 5th when DeAngelo was discovered in an abandoned building at 531 South Springfield. DeAngelo was found in the basement, shot."
"What do you wish you could tell your son right now."
"I love him, we miss him.”
"You look at these people out there that actually take a life and don't feel a thing behind it. I don't know that's just hard."
"I lost my dad when I was young to so my brother was all I had (breaks down) Now it feels like I've got nobody. I don't have anybody to talk to. He was the dad I had in my life, so I'm hurt all the time because I miss him so much."
"There were certain things said that gave an indication that they knew the Williams along with DeAngelo." "I still believe it's someone who's probably been in the house, probably been sitting around us and really right now to me, everyone's a suspect."
"I don't know if I'm still talking to this person. I don't know if is around me and my family, is around my kids." "You take the D and the E and O away and you have ANGEL."