Montgomery County

Family Mourning, Mystified After Young Man Killed in Montgomery County's First Homicide of 2016

Police and family are still searching for answers in Montgomery County's first murder case of 2016.

Late Friday night, a passer-by found the body of Sheldon "Manny" Williams, 20, near a paved trail in the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard in the Briggs Chaney area.

The passerby contacted a private security guard who was working the area, who then called 911. Montgomery County Police say the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Williams, of Naylor Road in southeast Washington, was "just the perfect, loving guy," said Rafael Hunter, Williams' uncle. "And he would do anything and everything to make someone laugh."

Williams was an honor-roll graduate of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy in D.C. He worked at Sweet Green and took classes at the University of the District of Columbia, and he just took the exam to be a D.C. firefighter. A letter of acceptance from D.C. Fire and EMS arrived at his home Tuesday.

Police don't have a motive for the crime and don't know how his body got near the trail. Police had said over the weekend that Williams had trauma to his upper body.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

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