NEW SARPY, LA (WVUE) - Friend and family gathered to remember a Destrehan High School senior who was fatally shot just a week before graduation.
Kendall Williams Jr. had so much to look forward to. He was going to graduate from Destrehan High next week, but his life came to a tragic end on May 4.
That night, at approximately 8:30 p.m., deputies responded to the call of a shooting at East Harding & Eighth Street in New Sarpy. When they arrived, the found Williams with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced deceased on the scene.
He was only 17 years old.
The next night, friends and family prayed while lighting candle and releasing balloons for the young man they loved so much.
"He was a very promising young man," said Minister Albery Bailey. "He will be missed."
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's office arrested 22-year-old Javon Wells on a 2nd Degree Murder charge for William's death. Wells is currently being held at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.
A spokesperson for the St. Charles Parish Public School System said that in addition to the counselors who work at Destrehan High every day, additional support staff members were at the school to help grieving students.