Law enforcement, families ask for public’s help in solving New Hanover County double murder

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 9:52 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County law enforcement and the families of a man and woman shot and killed over the weekend made an emotional plea to the community for help solving the brutal crimes.

Koredreese Robert Tyson, 29, and Bri-yanna Emily Williams, 21, were killed in a shooting early Saturday morning at a home on Providence Road in the Providence community off Middle Sound Loop Road. A third person, a female whose name has not been released by the sheriff’s office, was also shot and taken to the hospital for treatment.

“We are committed to doing everything we can in our power to stop these senseless killings,” New Hanover County Sheriff Edward J. McMahon said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “We are not going to talk about the case right now but what I’d like to say is we need your help. We need our community’s help. Any information anyone has out there. We are asking for our community to help us stop these crazy, senseless killings and shootings we’re having.”

McMahon added that CrimeStoppers is offering a $3,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. No new information was shared about the investigation and a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said no questions would be taken from the press during the briefing.

“We are absolutely committed to getting justice for both of them,” District Attorney Ben David said. “I’m reminded at times like this that everyone is someone’s baby. There are two families who are united in their grief and resolved in their commitment to see that justice is done at the courthouse and nowhere else.”

The families of the victims were also in attendance at this afternoon’s press conference and pleaded to the community for help solving the case.

“Please, no tip is too small to help solve this case,” said Adrian Dixon, Bri-yanna Williams’ mother. “Please help give our grieving family have peace. If you know anything, please don’t hesitate. This isn’t something I would want anyone to go through.”

“I just want to say, I want peace” Koredreese’s mother said. “I don’t want no violence. My son wouldn’t want that. Let’s just go in peace and try to love one another.”

No arrests have been made yet in the shooting.

If you have any information, contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 910-798-4162 or click here to submit an online tip anonymously.

Property records indicate the Providence Road home is owned by George Taylor III, the chief operating officer of TRU Colors Brewing Company, a brewery that says it employs active gang members in an effort to reduce gun violence through economic opportunity.

TRU Colors has not made anyone available for an on camera interview since the shooting.

However, Khalilah Olokunola, the “Chief People Officer” at TRU Colors attended the press briefing on Wednesday at the Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier in the day, WECT News heard concerns from the Williams family who said that TRU Colors and George Taylor were responsible for the young woman’s death.

“This is a mom grieving and I sympathize with her and that’s all I can say, I sympathize with her,” Olokunola said.

When pressed on if Tru Colors is to blame, she responded, “I think that TRU Colors is a model that was created as a for-profit brewery to bring together gang rivals and decrease gun violence in Wilmington and hopefully cities all over the country and that we have made an impact, we have made change.”

That change is hard to measure and we have not been provided with any data that backs up the claims that TRU Colors has decreased gun violence.

WECT made several attempts to contact George Taylor, the owner of TRU Colors Brewery Company, but were not successful. On Wednesday, a public relations firm out of Texas emailed WECT a statement that was attributed to Taylor.

“As I reflected Sunday, unfortunately, I did not have the privilege of knowing Bri-yanna. But I do know that she was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. It is tragic that she and so many others have lost their lives like this, and it is something that should anger everyone in our city. I can’t imagine the pain that Bri-yanna’s family and friends are feeling – I have reached out to Bri-yanna’s mother and plan to do anything I can to support them as they navigate the horrific path that they now face.”

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