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Moment of Blessing ceremony planned Monday for Spanaway mother beaten to death

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
May 9, 2012 6:54 pm

Local clergy will hold a Moment of Blessing Monday in front of a Spanaway home where 56-year-old Brenda Williams was allegedly killed by her son April 30.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at 5500 Spanaway Loop Rd. South, Associated Ministries announced today.

Williams and her ex-husband, 64-year-old Lavonn Williams, were found unconscious and bleeding from head wounds April 30. Brenda Williams died the next day and the elder Williams suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.

Lavonn Williams told Pierce County sheriff’s deputies that they asked their son to leave the home shortly before the attacks. He later returned and allegedly attacked his mother with a chair and his father with a vacuum cleaner, court records show.

Lavonn Williams II, 39, is charged with first-degree murder. He’s been ordered to Western State Hospital to undergo an evaluation to determine whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial.

Associated Ministries created the Moment of Blessing ceremony as a way to cleanse the places where homicides occur in Pierce County. The brief, spiritual ceremony offers support to the victim’s family and friends and the community where the crime occurred.

The events are open to the public.

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