Bloody jacket at crime scene disturbs victim's family

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of Paul Williams found it upsetting when they learned a bloody jacket was part of the murdered man's memorial.

Williams was found dead in a vacant lot in the 1300 block of South Ellis Road last month. Police say he was shot at least once.

"Every morning get up, something tells me to clean it up," said Terrance Abdullah who on Friday went to the scene of the murder and the memorial to retrieve the jacket.

Abdullah said family learned about the bloody jacket left at the crime scene on Facebook when viewing pictures of the memorial.

"Anything with blood on it I think should have been picked up, you know, and people coming back here for the vigil seeing my little brother's blood still down there," said Abdullah, who said the jacket could be his brother's.

Abdullah said he contacted the detective handling the case and was told the jacket was not evidence in the case.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda released this statement from the Homicide unit:

"Based on the observations at the scene and the physical evidence at the scene, the jacket was not the property of the deceased. The jacket is also not considered evidence in this investigation. It is an area used for illegal dumping with other clothing items lying around and those also did not belong to the victim."


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