JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Thanksgiving Day will mark exactly three weeks since the Murray Hill mass murder that left two young men and two young women shot dead in a Randolph St. home. So far JSO has not said anything about possible leads or a suspect description.
For Sekina Bell, it's been a trying month. Her son, 25-year-old Derrick Williams, lived in the home where the shooting happened. Bell tells our partner Action News lately she's started smiling again and hasn't been crying, something she says is a sign the healing process has begun.
"Right now I feel OK," said Bell. "I don't know about later on, but right now my spirit is at ease."
Bell says she got the call no parent wants to answer just after 5 a.m on November 7th. The person on the other end told her that her son had been murdered.
"I felt like God had let me down. All the year I had been praying, asking to keep my sons out of harms way."
Bell says she feels like she's been here before because this isn't the first time an important man in her life has been taken away too soon.
"My grandfather was murdered when I was 2. Then at 12 my, father was murdered. Then at 28, my son's father was murdered," says Bell. "For a long time my prayers to God were 'Lord don't let anything happen to my sons,' because it seems like all the men that are in my life that are very significant in my life leave me."
Bell says since Derrick's murder she's been working with Operation Save Our Sons and Pastor John Guns, who work with fathers and sons to end gun violence.
"When young men are equipped to make healthy decisions, when young men are equipped to manage conflict, when young men are equipped to choose their friends wisely, then that will translate to them living longer," said Guns.
Bell says she misses her son every day but is hopeful that police will make an arrest soon. She says they have told her they are following several leads in the investigation.