Travon Williams, 32, right, the son of Stanley Tookie Williams, along with Bonnie Williams-Taylor, left, Tookie’s ex-wife, and her daughter Erin Taylor, 20, view the Crips gang co-founder’s body Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, in Los Angeles.
The ASSociated Press has Hundreds cram mortuary to pay respects to Williams
Hundreds of people converged in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where Stanley Tookie Williams co-founded the Crips to say goodbye to a “homeboy” executed last week over the objections of supporters who said he had turned his life around.
Williams, dressed in a gray suit, lay in an open coffin at the House of Winston Mortuary as people quietly filed by with their heads bowed.
“Mostly everyone is out here because of his reputation,” said Robert Collins, 27, who identified himself as a former Crips gang member. “Everyone knew Tookie was no angel. Everyone’s just paying their respects to him.”
A line of 200 stretched out the door shortly after the six-hour viewing began at 3 p.m. More than an hour later, the line had dissipated but groups of people were still streaming through.
The spectacle of a memorial service will be tomorrow.
Nine-year-old Tosh Baruti holds a sign in front of a window at the mortuary where the body of Stanley Tookie Williams lies in public display in Los Angeles December 19, 2005. Williams co-founded the Crips gang and was convicted for murder, but advocated against gang life after he was sent to prison. He was put to death by lethal injection on December 13 after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to commute his sentence.
In Williams’ case, Monday’s viewing was to be followed by a noon Tuesday funeral service at Bethel AME Church in Los Angeles. Organizers said those expected to attend include the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg.
Stanley Tookie Williams was rightly executed for the murder of four innocent victims.
Let us not forget the victims of Tookie’s shotgun:
A crowd lingering outside the mortuary carried signs and handed out flyers proclaiming his innocence.
Lori Tompkins, 48, of Los Angeles said she came “to say goodbye to our homeboy and also give support to his family.”
“Also, because we feel he was innocent and wrongly killed,” she added.
24 Years of legal appeals couldn’t vindicate Tookie. He was guilty and paid the ultimate price for his heinous crimes.
Stay tuned …….