LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — It’s been two months since Lexington police say two siblings were stabbed to death by their own mother. Now the community is finding a unique way to honor the children.
Police say 13-year-old Deon Williams and 5-year-old Skylar Williams were stabbed to death by their mother in May. When Deon’s creative writing teacher, Shawn Pryor heard the news, he said it was devastating.
“I was devastated. The thing is, as an author, as a writer, I’ve talked at a lot of schools. I’ve talked to a lot of school kids but this was a little bit different. You know, I was there on a weekly basis, and I got very attached to all the kids there, especially Deon because he reminded me a lot of myself when I was little. So when he and his younger sister were taken from us, I was hurt. I cried for days. It hit me. I hadn’t had anything hit me that hard since my grandmother died,” said Shawn Pryor – Graphic Novelist.
Pryor wanted to do something to help. So, thanks to community donations a plaque for the siblings will now be seen at Winburn Middle School’s Library, that’s Deon’s former school, along with another contribution too.
“I started a go fund me. The original goal was $1,500, and we ended up raising $3,500. So far with that money, I have bought close to 300 graphic novels, manga, and art books so far. I’ve even had some professionals that I know of also donate graphic novels and books too. So, when it’s all said and done I’ll be able to donate 400 brand new books to the library and we can dedicate that in the memory of Deon and Skyler,” said Shawn Pryor, graphic novelist.
Pryor also said that he hopes his efforts inspire people in the community to look out for and support the children in their lives.