Friends and family to bid farewell to Lewis Williams at funeral today as Covid warning issued

Friends and family of murder victim Lewis Williams are to say a final farewell to him today at his funeral.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 7:35 am

The 20-year-old was gunned down in Wath Road, Mexborough, on the afternoon of Monday, January 11.

He was shot in his neck and face and despite the efforts of medics at the scene could not be saved and a murder probe was launched.

Detectives are treating the shooting as a targeted attack and police patrols in and around Mexborough were stepped up in the wake of the incident.

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Friends and family are set to attend the funeral of Lewis Williams today

Eleven arrests have been made so far as part of the investigation, with six suspects charged with murder – Jack Parkes, 20, of Arnold Crescent, Doncaster; Ryan Nisbet of Springwood Road, Barnsley and four teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Lewis’ funeral is to be held today in Swinton.

Social distancing rules in place during the pandemic mean only 30 invited mourners can attend the service.

Lewis’ family has issued a plea to people to adhere to the guidelines.

In a statement ahead of the service, his loved ones said: “We know that Lewis was loved by many and that a number of people would like to come and pay their respects.

“We want people to say their final goodbye responsibly, for their safety and the safety of the local community. So we want to remind anyone attending to observe social distancing guidelines, to keep everyone safe. We also welcome thoughts and prayers for Lewis from those who are paying their respects from home rather than attending in person.

“Lewis was much loved by his family, partner and friends. He was always there for anyone needing help, and always had a smile on his face. He was funny, loving and one of the most polite young men you could hope to meet.

“Lewis has left a massive hole in the hearts of all who loved him.”

Anyone with information on the murder should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 495 of January 11.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555111.