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Grieving families of two Petersburg men shot to death want answers

Posted at 11:31 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 08:04:17-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Two men were on a front porch, where one was honoring the life of his mom who recently died.

Seconds later, both of their lives would end violently and leaving a load of questions for grieving family members. There were bullet holes in the side of a parked SUV, and blood stains still on the steps of the Hinton Street address.

That's where Jonathan King and Kevin Williams were standing on October 4 in Petersburg, when the bullets started flying.

"My son is gone for no apparent reason and these people think they're invincible,” said King’s mother, who didn’t want her name used. “And they think they can keep killing innocent people for no reason."

Detectives are looking into whether a social media post may have triggered the violence, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

Both King and Williams were young and supportive fathers.

"It's an unbearable pain you can't describe,” King’s mom said. “Faith and understanding is the only thing getting us through."

For the Williams family, it was the second tragedy in 48 hours: first, their mother died from health issues, then Kevin was gunned down.

"Kevin was a coach, a good dad, did everything for his family,” said Williams’ brother Kenard Williams. “He was a family man. You know what I mean, he wanted his family to stay together. I can say I know how this city is, some people come forward, some don't."

Spent shell casings littered the street that night, and Petersburg police are still looking for the killer.

King's mother said she didn’t want to show her face on TV because the triggerman hasn't been arrested.

She said she believes someone in the neighborhood has information that will solve the double murder.

"I've been finding out bits and pieces of information, but it's not helping, because if no one comes forward, then there's nothing to convict the guys who've done this and continuously do this,” she said.

If you know who's responsible or have any information, police want to hear from you.