Family of Dayton woman found dead with gunshot wound wants answers

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Family members of 72-year-old Effie Williams say she was a caring person with a warm heart. Now, more than a week after her death, her family is asking for answers.

For granddaughter Andrea Williams, Christmas just wasn’t the same without her grandmother.

“We normally come over, Everybody stops past and gets their gift and eats and say Merry Christmas and spend a little time with her. Everybody from the family normally stops past and sees her on Christmas or before Christmas,” Williams said. “It’s pretty hard for my family and their taking it pretty hard right now.”

It was Williams’ sister who found their grandmother inside her home on December 15th. The initial investigation found Effie Williams had suffered a gun shot wound. Williams says she doesn’t understand how someone could do this to her grandmother.

“She didn’t deserve this,” Williams said. “She was a good person.And you know this is what she would want us to do find out who done this to her. She didn’t deserve this. She was 72, hard-working, and retired. She was just trying to live and enjoy the rest of her life.”

Dozens in the community who knew the 72-year-old gathered today to show their support through song and prayer.

“I really appreciate them coming out and praying for us,” Williams said. “It meant a lot to me and I know my grandmother is looking down right now and I know she’s probably just smiling right now because she knows God is on her side.”

Williams says the next step is learning who’s responsible for her grandmother’s death.

“We just basically are gonna keep up with the detective and keep in contact with him so we can figure out who done this to her,” Williams said. “We want some type of justice, some type of closure because it really hurts.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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