Father of Raytown shooting victim mourns loss, pledges to raise grandson

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- A Raytown grandfather is mourning the loss of his son after the 24-year-old was found shot at a gas station Saturday night.

Running on no sleep and deep grief, Marvin Williams opened up about his son who was killed Saturday night. “Marlin was a Royals fan and a Chiefs fan. That was really a part of his life that he really enjoyed.”

Police found 24-year-old Marlin Williams and another man lying in a gas station parking lot at about 7 p.m. Saturday night; both of them had been shot. Paramedics took the men to the hospital. That’s where Williams died.

Investigators were back at the gas station Sunday morning trying to figure out what happened, while just a few blocks away, Marvin Williams was asking desperate questions. “I would like to see, wish that we could find out you know, what happened and why.”

The grandfather is left with the raw ache of not knowing how his son left this world or who shot him. He’s also left helping raise the victim’s two-year-old son. He said of his grandson Marlin Williams, Jr., “I just love him so much. Now I guess I'll be a big part of his life even more.”

He says it’ll be a hard thing to do because the pair was inseparable. Williams said, “I hate that he won't have his father though because boy, you could just see their faces light up between the two of them. His son really loved his father.”

While Williams plans to help father the young one, he said can’t help but think of his own boy and how much he already misses him. “Boy, I just hate that I'm going to have to go through life without him. That's about all I got.”

Raytown Police didn’t have any updates Sunday regarding the investigation or what happened at the gas station Saturday.