Six children were left fatherless when gunmen tied 43-year-old Williams “Bill” Stewart’s hands behind his back and shot him to death in his Darkwood, Orange Valley home on Wednesday night.
Stewart’s live-in girlfriend, who escaped unharmed along with the couple’s two-year-old daughter, recounted what occurred when she saw at least one masked man inside the home. The woman, who will not be named for safety reasons, said that she was in the kitchen at about 7:50 pm on Wednesday when she heard a commotion and went to investigate.
“I believe they came through the kitchen window and let the others in; it was more than one person. When I went to look and I saw the masked man, I ran to the master bedroom, locked the door and jumped [to the ground floor] with the child,” she recounted.
The toddler was unharmed, but the woman sustained an injury to her left arm, when she jumped to safety from the two-storey building. She told OBSERVER media that she was unable to identify the men, as she ran with the child soon after she heard them in the house. The woman, who broke down in tears, said that while she was fleeing, she heard “multiple” explosions, and on her return to the house after the gunmen had fled, she found Stewart’s lifeless body, with blood flowing from his chest.
Police responded to the call from Stewart’s home where they found the deceased lying in a pool of blood with his hands tied behind his back, and what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper body.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)