SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The family of the USPS worker who was killed on the job last year held a memorial balloon release in his honor Sunday afternoon where it happened.

The family of then 52-year old Antonio Williams wore printed photos of him on shirts and released blue and silver balloons. Williams was shot and killed by 33-year old Michael Gentry while delivering mail in the 1100 block of Dudley Drive in the South Highland neighborhood June 22, 2019.

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“It’s been hell. Really no words can just express how we’ve been feeling. It’s hurt. It’s anger,” said the victim’s wife, Ivy Williams, “Cause I’ve been to every court case. My daughter has. Just to see someone die in that manner is really unbelievable.”

Williams says she understands they live in a society now where anything can happen, but her family is still grieving a year later from the loss. They’re still trying to process his death.

“It’s almost like it’s the very first day. They say that time heals all wounds. I think it will, but you have your good days and your bad days. Today was a good day because I get to see all of my family here together.”

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Gentry is charged with second-degree murder. His case continues to weave through the courts, with his next court date scheduled for August 11, 2020. No trial date has been set at this time.

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The family will be holding another celebration for Williams’ birthday June 28, 2020, at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.