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WJBF EXTRA: Family Still Looking For Answers One Year After Murder

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By Randy Key

He was a good child growing up...William Charles Carter...a child who would go astray...

"When he got into high school, he got in to a lot of trouble," says William's mother, Angela Hill. "He went to prison...after he got out of prison, he started going to college...he was working, he was doing fine...then October 19th, somebody kicked in the door and killed him."

William's brother, Leroy Carter. remembers that horrible night. The family was home, watching TV. "The police tried to say it was a home invasion, but they stole nothing..." he says.

...nothing except a mother's son...a mother who still grieves for her child.

"In the room, I heard him shooting and shooting and I knew he was dead and all we could do was just listen," says Angela.

Today, the family listens for the phone to ring...hoping to hear that William's killer has been found.

Mary Morrison, reporting: "It's been almost a year now and still no arrest. I asked an investigator for information about the crime, but he declined to comment, saying only that the case is still active."

"I want them to know that we will not give up until we find out who killed William," says Angela, who has her own theory about who wanted her son dead. She believes William was a target...

Angela says her son had started a group to discourage kids from joining gangs and says the gangs didn't like it. "I have kids that say to me, 'if not for your son, I wouldn't be doing good now, I wouldn't have the job I have now,' and that really gets to me," she says.

Stephanie Bowie saw that side of William, who was a student at Augusta Technical College. "When he saw students who were about to get into trouble, he would kind of pull them to the side and say, 'hey, you don't want to do that'," she says.

And William's teacher at Augusta Tech, Julia Thomas, fondly remembers the young man who wouldn't live to see his dreams come true. "He was one subject away from passing his GED test," she says. "He had a good heart, despite the past troubles, he had a good heart."

Cosuella Carter, a transition specialist at Augusta Tech, helped William to get a job and says his efforts to help others, lives on. "You can kill a person and the person is gone, but that impact is still there..." she says. "Every workshop, every orintaion program, he was my example...if William can do it, you can do it, too."

William's mom couldn't agree more. "There's no such thing you can't finish, and you can't change your life around because my son was living proof that you can," she says.

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