St. Mary

Oct 30, 2013 11:41 PM by Erin Steuber

Family Says Son's Death Could Have Been Prevented

A St. Mary Parish family says more could have been done to prevent their loved one's death. Around 10:30 Wednesday morning the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, and Berwick Police, were called to an area along Highway 182. That's where investigators say 23-year-old Willie Francis was found dead. Tuesday night, his car was found abandoned on Highway 90 near Bayou Vista.

It's a case the family says started Sunday, when the victim, Willie Francis, and his father, Willie Webb, had a run in with a group of armed men in Morgan City. A police report in hand, Francis' father recounts what happened after he says a gun misfired twice.

"The other guy had another gun in his other pocket and my son ran from him," said Webb. "After that, they just started spraying away."

Fast-forward, 3 days....

"Unfortunately, what's happened is that, overnight, what began as an investigation into an abandoned vehicle and a welfare concern has turned into a homicide investigation," said PIO Traci Landry with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office.

But the family says this all could have been prevented.

"They could've issued some warrants out for their arrest. Get their pictures on TV so somebody would tell where they're at," said Webb. "I think at the end of the day they're thinkin' they got away with it. So that's why they did what they did."

Francis' family says Sunday was not the first time he had issues with people in the area.

"They just hated on him because he didn't ask for nothing. He rolled by himself, he had his own car, he had his own money, he didn't ask for nothing," said his Aunt Lenora Webb. "It was a player-hating thing on him. He didn't do them anything. He always minded his own business."

Now, all Francis' family wants is justice to be served.

"Really, reality hasn't hit me yet because that was my baby. I loved him. He came to my house everyday, he called me everyday and I'm going to miss that," said Lenora.

No arrests have been made in this case. If you have any information you are asked to call the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office.

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