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Who killed Michael Williams on Easter Sunday?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Easter weekend 2013, the family of Michael Jerome Williams of Memphis will be fighting their emotions from a crime that impacted their lives on Easter Sunday 2004.

Their loved one was beaten to death and thrown over an overpass.

The Williams family said he had many people, including his children, who loved him. One of his sons says he never can forget the crime. Another son, in the spotlight, doesn't want to comment about it.

"This happened the day before my birthday, so it is a horrible memory every time it comes around I think about it," said Tavarus Williams, victim's son.

Tavarus had to be the man of the family in April of 2004. He went to the morgue to identify the badly beaten body as that of his 47-year-old father.

"I thought he might die of natural causes honestly," Tavarus said. "But as we both know life don't always work out that way."

"He had extensive head trauma," added Memphis Police Sgt. Bill Ashton. "You can tell by the blows to the head that those would have been fatal blows.

"Someone was mad at him. Someone was really mad at him."

Mr. Williams had a record but family members say he was trying to get his life in order.

"He did not have perfect life in the beginning but as he got older he realized that the things have to do to create a happy family, have a happy home," said Kaye McNeary, victim's sister.


The afternoon of his death, Mr. Williams went to get haircut from his son Tavarus. The two spoke of plans for Easter Sunday. What Tavarus didn't know was that his father had upset someone, possibly the killers.

"There was another witness that the police had talked to that had seen Michael arguing with two other men the day before," Sgt. Ashton said. So, kind of wondering if these are the same guys from the fight the day before."

Mr. Williams left behind a sister who loved him.

"All I had to do was call him and he was there for me," McNeary said.

He was a father to four children, including one he never meet - Michael Oher of the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens. Oher declined to comment on his estranged father's unsolved murder.

"It doesn't matter who their friends are, who their relatives are, all these cases deserve all of our attention to get them solved and that is what we are going to do," Sgt. Ashton said.

Witnesses were scared because Mr. Williams died so violently, Sgt. Ashton added.

"We are just trying to find closure for our family," McNeary said. "It's almost nine years and we still have not heard anything."

"Hopefully when this airs, this will bring it back to people's minds and they will say, 'I know something about that. Let me call,'" Sgt Ashton said.

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