Trunk-or-Treat helping honor Kelly's Pub shooting victim
NILES, Mich.—Halloween. A day to dress up as your favorite animal or superhero while hunting for your favorite sweets’ door-to-door.
It’s also a day Tiara Williams, the founder of “Tattoo the World” honors her brother, Brandon Williams, also nicknamed “tattoo” who was killed in a mass shooting at Kelly’s Pub in South Bend last year, June 23, 2019.
“He was very creative and as well as he loved his holidays so, Halloween...he would even dress up even if he was grown you know so we keep everything you know that he’s done and just keep it going for him,” Williams said.
Halloween was one of Brandon’s favorite days, and as children, Tiara and her brother would always go trick-or-treating where they were born and raised on Sycamore Street.
So, it was only right to host a trunk-or-treat event in the heart of their childhood.
“When we were younger a lot of us trick or treated around here in the area, so i said well let’s put it across the street, at Brown’s Funeral Home where we had his funeral service at, and it’s also across the street from my mother’s house so where we were born and raised so I wanted to keep it here,” Williams said.
“He liked Halloween, he liked scaring the kids and coming around the house and ‘rawr’ and all of us used to be really little when he used to do that, so it means a lot to me to come together and even put this together for all the people out here, it’s...it’s a lot,” Brandon’s niece Torianna Young said.
About 10 cars of friends, family and neighbors participated in decorating their vehicles and handing candy out to kids.
Clothing items and goodie bags filled with personal hygiene items were also passed out to homeless and low-income residents in the area.
All of this was done to treat and help the community, but to also keep Brandon’s legacy alive.
“I think it’s helpful, like I think it’s bringing everyone together just a little bit and help remembering him and what he liked to do for Halloween,” Young said.
“I love it, I love it. and just seeing everyone come out and seeing the kids in the area, you know this is amazing to me. we’re just trying to keep everything in the community where you know he was born and raised and keep his name alive,” Williams said.
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