COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)— Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 marked a grim milestone here in Columbus; three years since the shooting death of one Georgia family’s loved one and son.

Friday night family and friends gathered in the parking lot of the Circle K near the intersection of Forrest and Floyd roads. This was where 26-year-old Dontrell Williams was shot and killed in what officials called a robbery attempt.

Williams was working at the same Circle K where family members gathered, released balloons, and lit candles in honor of Williams memory; a tradition his mother, Tanya Weaver says she plans to continue every year on his birthday and the day of his death.

Weaver has made it her mission to ensure Columbus does not forget her son as her family awaits closure.

“Still waiting on a court date, today makes three years. Even though the young man is arrested and incarcerated, we still have not yet had a court date to give us what we call justice and closure,” Weaver said.

Williams mother has been influential in fighting the rise in crime here in Columbus. She started the local group, Moms Against Gun Violence in Dec. of 2019.

Sept. 23, 2019 Williams was shot to death by a masked individual while working an overnight shift at the Circle K.

He was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional’s Midtown campus where he was pronounced dead just before 3 a.m.

This east Columbus gas station is no stranger to violence. After William’s death, another clerk was injured in a separate robbery two years later on Oct. 20, 2021.

Meanwhile just two months after Williams death, the Columbus Police Department identified and a suspect in the robbery: Daequavian Soloman. When he was named as a suspect back in 2019, Soloman was booked in the Russell County jail on unrelated charges. He is currently serving time in the Ventress Correctional Facility.

Soloman is the primary suspect in the death of Williams. He was arrested and charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; however, no court date has been set as he is currently serving time in Barbour County after being convicted of two counts of robbery in Alabama.


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Previous Reports

Sept. 23, 2019: Columbus convenience store clerk shot to death early Monday morning

Sept. 23, 2019: UPDATE: Columbus Police release surveillance footage of Circle K murder suspect

Sept. 24, 2019: VIDEO: Dontrell Williams’ roommate lashes out at friend’s killer

Sept. 24, 2019: Muscogee County sheriff knew store clerk murder victim as a friend of her family

Sept. 24, 2019: Help Columbus police unmask the killer of a convenience store worker

Sept. 24, 2019: VIDEO: Mother of slain convenience store clerk says son did everything robber asked

Sept. 25, 2019: Reward being offered for information in convenience store clerk’s homicide

Sept. 27, 2019: Columbus overnight convenience store clerks ‘a little jumpy’ after Monday’s homicide

Sept. 29, 2019: Vigil held for slain Columbus convenience store clerk

Sept. 30, 2019: CPD says the reward has increased for information that could lead to the arrest of convenience store killer

Oct. 25, 2019: Circle K on Forrest road installs doorbell one month after murder

Nov. 26, 2019: “I count it as joy”: Columbus mother reacts to her son’s alleged killer in custody

Nov. 26, 2019: Columbus Police say they have unmasked suspected Circle K killer

Dec. 6, 2019: Victory over violence event on Dec. 7

Dec. 7, 2019: Columbus mothers speak out after losing their children to gun violence

Feb. 22, 2020: “We have to start somewhere”: Moms Against Gun Violence march to combat crime

April 27, 2021: Family, friends meet to celebrate birthday of slain Circle K worker

Feb. 17, 2021: Columbus Moms Against Gun Violence leader speaks up after recent gun violence