CLEVELAND -- The second of the two people killed in the recent Cleveland police involved shooting is laid to rest.
Family and friends filled the Integrated Faith Assembly Church on Cleveland's east side Saturday to pay tribute to the life of 30-year-old Malissa Williams. Pastor Julia Allen reminded the mourners that, “Today, this is a Home Going."
The Cleveland woman was remembered as a loving daughter, sister and niece. Her family says she was bashful, but had a wonderful sense of humor.
"Her smiling. That big, old Kool-Aid smile, yes.”
That’s what Rosa Doss remembers about her niece. Williams’ aunt Dorothy Sigelmier also recalled her beautiful smile.
“And, she knows the Lord. She do. She raised up in church,” she added.
Williams was a passenger in a car driven by Timothy Russell. Police say an officer believed a shot was fired at him from that car outside the Justice Center on the night of November 29th. They led police on a 25-minute chase that ended when 13 Cleveland police officers fired 137 rounds into Russell's car. Williams and Russell were both killed. No gun or shell casings were found in his car. The shooting remains under investigation.
"And, I know that this death is not in vain,” Pastor Allen said.
Mourners gathered around her casket to say goodbye one last time. They can only wonder what happened in that car on the night of November 29th, truly known only be the two people who were inside, who are now both laid to rest. Russell was buried last Saturday.
“She is in a better place today,” her Aunt Doss said.