CINCINNATI - A Princeton High School senior and football player has died, four days after he was shot near his home in Springdale.
The Princeton City School (PHS) website says Lamar Williams passed away Sunday. Williams was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Chesterdale Court on Wednesday, July 20. He was transported to Mercy Fairfield Hospital then to University Hospital where he was placed on life support.
Williams was a two-year starter at safety on the school's football team. He was also a lifeguard at the Woodlawn Recreation Center and he made good grades.
"Lamar had great character, integrity, he cared about others and he was a leader on the team as well as in the community" PHS football coach Gary Croley said.
Croley, and the parents of Lamar Williams, Lamont Williams and Nigail Davis remembered the young man for his caring nature and abilities on and off the field.
The school said he split classroom time between Princeton and Live Oaks Career Development Campus in Sharonville. He was a member of the Princeton Class of 2012.
The school opened its doors for students and staff members to meet with grief counselors on Saturday. This isn't the first time Princeton High School had to deal with the death of a student.
"Unfortunately we've been here before," Coach Croley said of the previous deaths of football players Ryan Sawyer, 18, and Javonte Woods, 16. "We know we are a family."
The shooting has left his family, friends and classmates stunned.
"I would have never thought this would happen to him. He was a good kid, he never got into any trouble," Classmate Keilah Glass said. "The 3rd football player, I mean we're still making it. It's just shocking. When I heard the news, I burst out in tears."
Williams' parents thank Princeton and the community for their support. On Thursday, the school district is hosting a charity car wash from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Princeton High School.
The Springdale Police Department is still investigating the shooting at this time. No arrests have been made.
"It's hard, because it hurts, it really does," said Lamont Williams. "Anyone with information please call the Springdale Police Department ."
If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or text (513) 352-3050. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest. You can also call Springdale Police at 513-346-5760.