#UNSOLVED: WPD offering $5,000 reward in 14-year-old’s murder


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After two years, detectives are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the death of Aljhean Williams, 14.

The murder remains unsolved. Aljhean’s mom, Portia Williams, said he was a fun-loving person who loved to play basketball.

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Williams will never get to see her youngest son’s future play out after someone killed him at just 14-years-old.

“I won’t ever see him walk across a stage,” Williams said. “I won’t see him play basketball again.”

It happened january 2nd 2016. Williams said they came to her mother’s house that day on McClammy Street in the Creekwood community. She said she and her daughter were going shopping that day.

“He didn’t really want to go with us,” Williams said. “He didn’t like shopping. He said that he was going to stay here, so I told him, ‘Don’t go outside.’ He was always the type of person to be like, ‘I love you.’ So I said, ‘I love you. too, but make sure you listen to me.'”

Then around 6:30 that night,neighbors on Emory Street near Stewart Circle started calling 911.

911 call: “Can you please come now? I don’t know what happened. Somebody just got shot.”
911 call: “He’s trying to breathe. He’s awake a little bit.”

Then, Williams got a call.

“Saying that someone had got shot, and they think it was Aljhean,” Williams said

Williams met police officers at the hospital, but it was too late.

“I’m just trying to figure out what happened to my son,” Williams said. “You know? What happened to my son?”

Lt. Kelvin Hargrove with the Wilmington Police Department says Aljhean was walking home from a friend’s house when neighbors heard gunshots.

“And they heard a vehicle speed away,” Hargrove said.

After two years, Hargrove said they have not been able to find a suspect, that vehicle, or a motive.

“He didn’t have any enemies,” Hargrove said. “He had a lot of good, close friends.”

He said it has been a mind-boggling case for detectives.

“In 2016, there was a lot of gang violence, lot of young folks shooting young folks, and that’s why I believe that this young man was targeted for no reason at all,” Hargrove said. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

It is a case that has rubbed him the wrong way.

“There are plans for everybody,” Hargrove said. “There is a purpose in life. The purpose in life is not to run the streets and act out or act like, I’m going to say savages, because whoever killed this young man was a savage, because he didn’t value life.”

To make it worse, the community is not talking.

“The community just, they feel it’s a no snitching policy, but when someone’s life is taken, people need to speak up,” Williams said. “People really need to speak up, because we are not each other’s enemies.”

Hargrove said it is a troubling trend.

“We have to stop this,” Hargrove said. “We have to, because if we don’t stop it now it’s going to continue on and on, and we’ll sit up here again looking at a 14-year-old that doesn’t have a chance to fulfill his dreams.”

As for the person responsible for taking Aljhean’s chance, Williams said there is no chance her son’s murder will remain unsolved.

“I don’t want them to think that they are going to just walk around free, because that is not going to happen,” Williams said. “I am going to get justice for my son.”

If you know anything please contact the Wilmington Police Department or use Text-A-Tip. Text-A-Tip is completely anonymous.