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Murder of 21-year-old Hazel Park man shot, set on fire 3 years ago still a mystery

Ryan Williams shot from point-blank range

Hazel Park – The family of a young man who was shot to death and set on fire three years ago is still searching for answers in the case.

Ryan Williams was just 21 years old when he was killed, and his murder is still a mystery.

Angela Williams said she remembers that Memorial Day weekend like it was yesterday. Her family was celebrating the long holiday weekend at their Hazel park home.

"It was just a fun day," Williams said. "Everybody had fun."

Her son and his girlfriend got ready to leave the party after 9 p.m. and meet up with friends at another house.

The next morning, Williams said her cellphone rang.

"The kids were saying, 'Ma, you need to hurry up and come home. You need to hurry up and come home. It's a lot of police officers here,'" Williams said. "I said, 'Why?' and I guess they didn't really want to say. They just said, 'Ma, you need to hurry up and come home.'"

When she got home, police told Williams they believed her son had been murdered, but they needed his dental records to make sure. Sometime after leaving his Hazel Park home, Ryan Williams had been shot in the head at point-blank range. His body was then set on fire.

Ryan Williams had been seen driving a blue car on Fleming Street near Victoria on Detroit's east side. The car burned until it eventually extinguished itself.

The killer or killers have never been found.

You can watch Sandra Ali's full story in the video posted above.

The family said they will do just about anything for answers. There is a cash reward for information that helps police find the people responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.


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