Albany mom hopes senseless loss helps save lives of other young men

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Created: February 13, 2020 07:39 PM

Losing a child is one of the most painful things a parent can face and when it is the result of gun violence, it seems like such a senseless loss.

However, for an Albany mom, she's hoping her son's death will help save the lives of other young men.


It happened nearly 14 years ago, but one look in her eyes says it all. Allison Williams still grieves the death of her son, Elleek, shot in 2006 outside an Albany bar while celebrating his 24th birthday.

When Elleek died, something died in her too.

Hindsight - as they say, is 20/20. Looking back, Williams says her son often felt like an outsider and had problems in school. As a young mom, she didn't know how to help.

So he took to the streets, and she did, too. No mom wants to lose any of her kids to the night, the violence.

After his death, she joined the Albany Gun Violence Task Force. She left dissatisfied.

It wasn't until she started writing a book, "Full Circle," did things start to make sense - changing her life, because it's as much a book about her son's struggles as her own.

There are many young moms trying to save their kids from violence. Williams knows this. She was one and is hoping to speak to those moms to offer advice and advocate for them. Her book can be found on Amazon, and she has two events where she will be discussing the issue of gun violence at Albany High on February 22.

There is also a documentary on her son's murder and how people are coming together to make a community garden in his memory.

MORE INFORMATION: "Seeds of Hope" documentary | "Full Circle" memoir

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