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Family remembers 9-year-old Felecia Williams after jury recommends death for her killer

Posted at 12:11 PM, Sep 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-29 12:11:00-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A day after the jury recommended death for the man convicted of murdering 9-year-old Felicia Williams, her family is working to keep her memory alive.

"She was a great person, lovable, sweet, kind," said Jenny Brinson, her aunt.

The family gathered Sunday, sharing memories of the young girl.

"My sister was the best and she had so much to offer the world. It’s really sad the way she left this world, but she’s in a better place you know and her legacy will live on forever in our hearts," said her sister, Mecia Williams.

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"I just want my sister to know that I love her I’m so proud of her that she put up a good fight until the very end and that I will never ever ever forget her," said her sister, Charlecia Adams.

This week, a jury convicted Granville Ritchie of sexually battering and killing Williams. The jury unanimously recommended he receive the death penalty.

Following the verdict, her mother says justice has been served.

"As long as I know he’s in that box for the rest of his life, that’s all I care about because my daughter is up under all that dirt in a box for the rest of her life," said Felecia Demerson on Friday.

One day later, loved ones are focused on the little girl's life.

"We're still gonna keep her name alive and we’re still gonna celebrate her. I’m gonna celebrate her til the day I die," said Brinson.

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"And I want people to remember we can prevent stuff like this from happening. I want you all to say her name. I want you to be on the lookout I want you to protect your neighbor’s children," said Mecia Williams.