Victim’s Voice: Artist, father of three killed in BR

BATON ROUGE, La. — It’s been nearly a month since a father of three was shot and killed near Alliquipa St. in north Baton Rouge. Seventeen days after the incident, authorities arrested a suspect.

Nicholas Williams, 33, was found dead around 8:45 p.m. on March 5 shortly before his 34th birthday on March 6.

On March 22, Baton Rouge Police Special Response Team and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff Swat Team arrested Rashawn Rashae Alexander.

Alexander, 20, was arrested for first-degree murder, possession of a firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, distribution/possession of marijuana and illegal use of weapons.

Symone, the mother of Williams’ oldest child, said there wasn’t enough information from the media and law enforcement about what happened leading up to Alexander’s arrest.

Symone said she spoke with the detective in charge of Williams’ case a few days before Alexander’s arrest and he told her they’ve reviewed the video footage, which helped them identify a suspect.

Williams and Symone knew each other long before their now 15-year-old daughter was born. She said Williams was a quiet person who loved art in its various forms.

“Me and Nicholas have been knowing each other since elementary school,” she said. “He was a painter. He painted artwork but he also did carpentry, so he painted in houses. Very hard-working father of three. We only share one kid, but he also had a set of twins who are without a dad. He was a musician so he made music and a lot of videos on YouTube of him making music and stuff like that. When you look at his Facebook page, you’re not gonna see any guns. He’s not the type of person, He was just a quiet soul.”

Symone said she was up late reading comments about Alexander’s arrest that disturbed her.

“I saw some people say in the comments that he killed a nobody but it’s people that know him and support him and that were not there,” she said. “A lot of comments are like ‘he killed a nobody.’ And that’s because Nick wasn’t a gangster. Nick wasn’t a thug. Nick wasn’t in the streets like that so, they count him as nobody. Because he wasn’t a part of the street life, he was nobody. That man was a father. We were in a relationship for 12 years. He was my best friend. He was really a he was a human being. He was a son. He was a brother. He was an artist. Like he had a whole life to live and it got taken. I feel like it’s not right that he stole that.”

Williams’ funeral and a balloon release were held March 25.

“A lot of people didn’t know about the story,” Symone said. “Nick is still a human. Nick is still a father. He’s still a brother. He’s still a son and he deserves justice like anyone else.”

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