School library to create new memorial in honor of two slain Lexington children

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Nearly two months have passed since a double homicide in which a mother is accused of killing her two children, 13-year-old Deon Williams and 5-year-old Skyler Williams.

A local graphic novelist who knew Deon is working to commemorate them.

“He was a very quiet, very reserved, peaceful kid,” Shawn Pryor said of Deon.

That’s how he described Deon when they first met. But Deon would soon open up and show Pryor his artistic soul.

“Deon loves graphic novels, I love graphic novels. We were both creative souls so we just want to pass that love and creativity on to the kids,” Pryor said.

Now, nearly two months after the deaths of Deon and his younger brother Skyler, Pryor is working hard to keep their memory alive within this school.

It all started with a GoFundMe to buy comics and graphic novels for the school library.

“The original goal was $1,500, we ended up raising $3,500,” Pryor said.

And now, Pryor said artists and comics professionals are donating their work to help create Deon and Skyler’s Corner within the library.

“The generosity overflowed,” Pryor said.

Whether they knew Deon & Skyler or not, Pryor hopes this will show children in the Winburn community that there are people who care for them.

“If anything, it reminds me that I need to do my part in the community and more people need to do their part as well,” Pryor said.

Pryor said he is working with school librarian Rey Gonzalez to ensure the new books and plaque for Skyler and Deon will be in place for the next school year.

He said he hopes the corner will also encourage students to explore creative fields and professions when they grow up.

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