Slain woman bystander buried
November 12, 2002
The mother of nine, fatally shot during a police operation last Tuesday evening, was buried yesterday following a funeral service at the D’Urban Street, First Assemblies of God Church.
54-year-old Dorothy Williams of 413 East Ruimveldt died after being shot in the back as she attempted to evade police involved in a confrontation with wanted man Adrian Greene, himself fatally wounded.
Greene, a police release subsequently said, had engaged ranks in an armed confrontation resulting in them having to adopt tactical manoeuvres before confronting him.
Two others in the vehicle Greene was said to have been in were detained by police.
The funeral service attended by relatives and friends saw a massive outpouring of grief on their part with Williams remembered most of all for her motherly love.
Parishioners of her church recalled her work and devotion to God and her family.
Meanwhile efforts yesterday to determine the outcome of a post- mortem performed on Williams were unsuccessful.
Police had in their release expressed condolences to Williams’ family while promising a full investigation into circumstances leading to her death.
Relatives have contended that it was recklessness on the part of police officers.
They also accused the force of being insensitive in not allowing the woman to benefit from urgent medical attention once they realised that she was not the person they were after. The woman’s body had been left lying for several hours on a concrete pavement close to the entrance of the Wortmanville Housing Scheme after which it was removed by mortuary attendants and placed in a hearse.