‘We don’t want anyone to take Nick’s name in vain,’ Family member of man shot and killed pleads with the community to not retaliate with more violence

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CROSSETT, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — The Crossett Police Department is investigating two shootings, one of them deadly, both happening over the last 24 hours.

“He was just a young happy boy. He didn’t bother anyone,” Lewis’ great uncle, Pastor Murlee Carter said. “I don’t know his name to be ringing in the streets.”

Nick Lewis, 28, was shot and killed Thursday evening around 7:30 p.m. Witnesses said the shooting stemmed from an argument between Lewis and the shooting suspect, Robert Jerome Williams.

After the verbal altercation that happened on South Tennessee Street, Williams went to his home just up the road on 11th Avenue and grabbed his gun.

Moments later that’s when witnesses said Williams began firing his weapon and left the scene shortly after.

Williams was apprehended in Strong around 9:30 p.m. Police say an unidentified person took Williams there. That individual was interviewed by police but is currently not facing any charges.

Lewis has two young daughters and was a father figure for a baby boy. Williams also had young children. Pastor Carter is calling this a double tragedy.

“None of these children get to grow up with their dad,” he said. “One has been put away for life and the other is gone. As a community let’s help those mothers. Let’s help those children. Let’s do positive things in this community to help one another.”

According to police, they are also investigating a shooting that may have been related to Lewis’ death.

Officers responded to a home in the 200 block of Elm Street around 5 a.m. on Friday although the shooting happened around 1 a.m. Police say an adult male and female and a child were inside the home.

According to police, approximately 10 shots hit the house. No one was injured.

Chief Cruce said the victim’s told his officers the shooting may have been in retaliation to Lewis’ murder although police haven’t confirmed the connection.

If the act of retaliation was indeed the case, Pastor Carter is urging the community to not let that be the answer to what’s going on.

“We don’t want anyone to take Nick’s name in vain,” he said. “We ask that you live for him. Don’t do negative things. Do positive things. Don’t retaliate. God’s got this. He is the ultimate judge.”

Pastor Carter says it’s important for everyone to stop and think before reacting. Had that happened, he believes the incident between Lewis and Williams would have had a different outcome where families aren’t grieving over their loved ones.

“We say black lives matter and we know that all lives should matter but is it just a slogan that we’re saying or is it just reality to some individuals,” he said. “Some it’s a reality for others I believe it’s just something that they say.”

Pastor Carter quoted scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6 and Romans 12:19 and encouraged those hurting to not take vengeance into their own hands.

“Even in our anger the Bible says to leave room for God for vengeance belongs to him,” he said. “Don’t take matters into your own hands. Let God work it out.”

Instead of lashing out in anger he urges everyone to turn to the word and let that be your shield.

Police said the homicide of Nick Lewis is the first since 2018. Williams appeared in court today. His bond was set at $1 million.

According to Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon, Williams’ mugshot hasn’t been released because he is not cooperating with authorities.

A mugshot will be released when we get it.


UPDATE: Victim named, suspect arrested in August 13 shooting in Crossett

CROSSETT, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — The Crossett Police Department (CPD) has released more information concerning the shooting on August 13, 2020, that claimed the life of one person.

According to police, officers with the CPD were called to the 1000 block of South Tennessee Street in reference to a shooting around 7:30 PM on Thursday.

When officers arrived, they found the victim, 28-year-old Domonic Lewis of Crossett. Lewis was taken to the Ashley County Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators with the CPD, the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department, and Probation and Parole officers conducted an investigation into the shooting. This investigation led to the arrest of 27-year-old Robert. J Williams Jr, of Crossett.

Williams has been charged with First-Degree Murder. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2020.

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

(Note: At the time of publication, no mugshot was available for Williams.)


CROSSETT, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — According to the Crossett Police Department, one person is dead and another is in custody following a shooting this evening.

Police say the suspect’s name is RJ Williams. The incident happened on Tennessee Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

After the shooting happened, Williams left the scene and traveled to Strong. That’s where police found him and arrested him.

The victim’s name hasn’t been released.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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