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Parents of 20-year-old tourist shot and killed in Brooklyn want justice for son as suspect appears in court

NEW YORK — The dad and mom of a tourist killed in a stray-bullet capturing in Brooklyn are pushing for justice. Friday, they’d their day in court with the person not too long ago arrested in the capturing. 

They shared recollections about their son with CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. 

Ethan Williams, 20, was visiting New York City for the primary time in Oct. 2020 for a skateboard match when he was killed. He was sitting on the stoop of a Bushwick Airbnb he rented with  associates when he was shot in the chest.

Williams’ heartbroken dad and mom confronted his alleged killed in court. 

“He was a good kid. He didn’t deserve any of this,” stated Susan Williams. 

“He would have invited that guy onto the stoop to hang out if he had not shot at him. He would have wanted to be his friend,” stated Jason Williams. 

The decide wouldn’t enable cameras in the courtroom the place 26-year-old William Freeman was arraigned and pled not responsible.

Freeman was arrested two weeks in the past and allegedly admitted he shot at Williams’ group as a result of he mistakenly thought one of them was accountable for his cousin’s demise a number of week prior. 

“There’s no explanation as to why, if they have such a strong case, why they did not arrest him in the two-year period that this incident took place. So I’ll be looking into that,” stated Freeman’s lawyer Jay Schwitzman, who believes Freeman gave a false confession. 

“I’m confident at the end of the day you’ll see that promises were made either on the record or off the record to induce him to make false statements,” Schwitzman added. 

Williams’ dad and mom simply want justice for their son, an Indiana college pupil, who they stated at all times needed to be half of the answer. 

Previously, his dad and mom stated their son labored with native officers for years to fight violence. They by no means imagined they’d be with out him as a result of of it. 

“It’s all just really sad. We miss Ethan. We’re looking forward to justice,” stated Susan Williams. 

Freeman was held with out bail and is due again in court on Feb. 24. If convicted, he faces as much as 25 years in jail. 

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