Princeton football player dies after shooting, funeral arrangements made

Lamar Williams (Source: Princeton Schools)
Lamar Williams (Source: Princeton Schools)

SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - A Princeton High School football player passed away Sunday, four days after he was shot in the back of the neck.

Lamar Williams was shot Wednesday near his home in Springdale.

Williams, a two-year starter at safety on the football team, was shot in the neck, and remained at University Hospital until Sunday. He had been on life-support.

Williams split classroom time between Princeton and Live Oaks Career Development Campus. He was a member of the Princeton Class of '12.

Vikings coach Gary Croley and others from the Princeton Family have been by the family's side, supporting them as well as the students to whom Lamar has been a beloved teammate and classmate.

"Thank you for your prayers and everything," Lamar's father Lamonte Williams said. "It's just hard. It hurts."

Williams stood with Lamar's mother Nigail Davis and football coach Gary Croley Monday in a news conference with the goal of bringing justice to their son's death.

"If you have any information pertaining to this incident please, please, please report anything to the Springdale Police Department," Croley urged.

"He was a good kid and I just miss him and if anybody knows anything, if you know anything, or heard anything just come forward," Davis added.

On the field, Croley says Lamar was known as a play maker for the Vikings.

"He wasn't afraid to stick his nose in there and get in the mix," Croley said. "He was always wanting to challenge not only himself but others around him which made him an excellent teammate."

William's death has left yet another scar on the Viking family.

"The team is doing OK. Unfortunately we've been here before," Croley said.

This is the third time in three years the Princeton football team has dealt with adversity. In August of 2010, junior cornerback Jovante Woods died of an asthma attack. In December of 2009, senior cornerback Ryan Sawyer was killed in a car crash.

"This senior class has suffered tremendous loss throughout their football are family and we will continue to lean on each other through these times," Croley said.

Coach Croley recognizes the football field is a training ground to learn life's lessons, even the difficult ones.

"Loss is always a tough thing but unfortunately it's a part of life and myself and my coaching staff, we want to make sure that we're not just building boys but we're turning boys into men," Croley said. "Knowing that ... you're going to have to deal with wins and losses."

The school will hold a number of fundraisers in the coming days, including a charity car wash from 4 to 9 p.m. at Princeton High School.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at Landmark Baptist Church. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. and the service begins at noon.

There is no word an any suspects in the shooting.

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