Family of Slain Mom and Son Speak Out

By Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao is a New York-based reporter at The Epoch Times. He covers national security, human trafficking and U.S. politics.
November 21, 2017 Updated: November 21, 2017

A shooting last Saturday, Nov. 18 in Virginia killed two family members— mother, and her son. Now their relatives are speaking out and urging others to leave abusive relationships.

On the day of the shooting, just after 12:50 a.m, officers responded to a 911 call in the 4200 block of Fayette Circle, Henrico County. According to CBS affiliate WTVR, Henrico police found the pair “suffering from obvious signs of trauma.”

Renita Wells was found dead at the scene, while her 15-year-old son, Jaishaun Williams, was wounded and transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Wells’s mother, Rachelle Wells told NBC12 her son-in-law—her daughter’s husband—had shot the pair.

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The location of the shooting. (Screenshot Via Google Maps)

Just an hour after the shooting, Virginia State Police arrested Derrell Williams, on I-64 in New Kent after officers said he tried to run away from them.

“I just told her the other day to get a restraining order on him because she was afraid,” Rachelle Wells told WTVR.

Police sources and family members of the victims said that Wells and Williams were married and that Wells was a victim of domestic violence.

“She loved her kids. She was a fun person; everybody loved her,” Rachelle Wells told WTVR. “She didn’t do nothing to nobody, she didn’t deserve this.”

“That was my baby, she didn’t deserve this,” Eddie Wyatt, Renita Wells’s father told the network.

Jaishaun, a Highland Springs High School student, was shot while protecting his mother from her husband. But Wells’s family wondered why Jaishaun was home at the time.

“So when I get there, I see the yellow tape, I knew my baby was gone,” Rachelle Wells told WTVR. “And then, when the detective got there, I found out my grandson had been shot.”

As of writing, authorities have not charged Derrell Williams in the double homicide case but they are not looking for any more suspects.

One neighbor, who did not want to be named, told NBC12 he rarely saw activity at the victim’s house.

“It’s really quiet around here. I don’t hear anything in the neighborhood at all. Especially when the kids are in school. I’d say it’s pretty family oriented,” the unnamed neighbor told NBC12.

A family member of Wells’s pleaded for others to seek help if a relationship starts showing signs of trouble.

“If you are in an abusive relationship, please get out of it, get help,” a family member told WTVR.

The mother is survived by two other son’s, one of which is a baby.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Wednesday in front of Wells’s home at 5 p.m.

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Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao is a New York-based reporter at The Epoch Times. He covers national security, human trafficking and U.S. politics.