Family holds vigil for murdered mother, 2 children

Nashae Williams (Source: Victim's family)
Nashae Williams (Source: Victim's family)

FORREST CITY, AR (WMC) - A man has been charged with killing his girlfriend and two of her children, according to the victim's family.

Nashae Williams' family said her live-in boyfriend Cordale Stacy shot and killed Williams, her 6-year-old, and her 9-year-old.

A 2-year-old was also in the home at the time of the killings but was not injured.

Stacy is charged with three counts of capital murder, according to St. Francis County Sheriff's Office. He turned himself in after his mother talked to him. Stacy is currently being held at the St. Francis County Jail without bond and is scheduled for his first court appearance on October 20.

"She loved those children, she was a good mother to them," said Williams' older sister Gwen Mabon.

Family members confirmed to WMC Action News 5 that Williams and her two daughters were killed Wednesday night inside of an apartment on Wolfe Street in Forrest City, Arkansas.

"The only thing I could say was Lord have mercy, that's all I could think and all I could say," Mabon said holding back tears. "I didn't think he would do nothing like this, nothing at all," Mabon said.

Mabon said she is shocked that Williams' boyfriend is responsible.

"Whenever they came to visit me, we sit and laugh talk, and everything but this it's just unbelievable," Mabon said.

Mabon said the only question she wants answered is why this tragedy happened.

"Something had to happen for him to just flip out like that," Mabon said.

Family and friends are still in shock, saying they can't believe a loving mother and her two daughters would be murdered.

Heartbroken and still hurting, Williams' family came together to remember her and her two daughters.

The candlelight vigil took place on the steps of the Forrest City apartment, where Williams and her daughters were gunned down.

Her oldest son spoke from the heart, wishing he had been home to protect his mother and sisters.

"l already know her words if I had of been here, I don't want you going to jail protecting me," he said.

But now, with Williams and her daughters gone, her family is looking for answers as to what led to this tragic ending.

According to the St. Francis County Sheriff's Department, in 2008 Stacy pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery. In 2011, he was convicted of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

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