Ethan Williams’ dad says son would’ve befriended killer


The heartbroken dad of an Illinois tourist gunned down on a Brooklyn stoop said Friday his son would’ve tried to befriend the killer if he hadn’t opened fire. 

Just moments after William Freeman, 26, pled not guilty to a second-degree murder indictment in the killing of Ethan Williams, 20, outside his Bushwick Airbnb on Oct. 23, 2020, the victim’s father was asked about his slain son. 

“He would’ve invited that guy onto the stoop to hang out if he had not shot at him,” Jason Williams answered to how he wants his son remembered. 

“He would’ve wanted to been his friend.” 

Ethan had been living out a lifelong dream to visit the Big Apple and was in town for a skateboarding tournament when he was fatally shot while sitting on a stoop with friends outside his rented Airbnb.

Ethan Williams (right) and his father Jason posing in an undated photo.
Ethan Williams (right) and his father Jason posing in an undated…

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