A lot of people may have a hard time remembering the night of Sept. 22nd, 2010. But, it's a night Timothy Wilson's family will never forget. Now, they are trying to make sure it stays on the minds of people in their community. Especially the mind of his killer.
"He played for different churches. He planned for Bean. It was a church that he really brought them out," says Pastor Elroy Wilson as he remembers his son, Timothy, whose passion for making music was silence on the night of September 22nd, 2010.
According to his father, the younger Wilson was leaving this recording studio when gun shots rang out. Timothy Wilson was shot while sitting in a truck. Now, all that remains of his son are pictures and memories that play in his mind. "It really put a burden on me. I thinks about it a lot and I try to keep from thinking about it. Because I don't want me to get involved," explains his father.
As the days, months and years go by the trail of his son's killer grows cold. But the Wilson family is hoping to warm it again by holding an event to remember Timothy Wilson on Saturday.
His father hopes the event will help keep his son on the community's mind while also encouraging people to come forward with answers to continued questions about why Timothy had to die. Pastor Elroy Wilson says, "I have people that talk to me. They want to say something. But then they don't want to say something. But then they don't want to say anything. They want to talk about it but they want to talk around it."
This isn't the first time Pastor Wilson has dealt with an unsolved murder. Back in 1958, his parents were murdered. One person was convicted. Another was never found. "That's what I had asked the officer that night. Please don't let him be another statistic as my parents was. It's been 50 years just about and nothing has been done," he says.
Although the loss of his son has been hard, Pastor Wilson says he doesn't harbor any anger. He just wants answers. "I'll forgive them. Because I know that one day too they have to face God himself," says Pastor Wilson.
The community is invited to attend the celebration of life for Timothy Wilson. It'll be this Saturday at New Beginning Ministries in Williston, South Carolina at 7pm. Families from across the CSRA who are also dealing with unsolved murders are encouraged to attend the event and bring attention to their loved one's case.
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