June 2004

Faheem FINALLY has a headstone. I want to thank everyone who donated money and is keeping Faheem and his family in their prayers. I also want to thank Clarence for keeping me informed about what is going on and for the picture of the headstone. Thanks go out to Doris who also sent me pictures and articles and had no problem at all with that woman from "Iowa" pestering her on the phone <G>

Plaque placed for victim in neglect case
(note: On January 5, 2009, I found this article was no longer available to be viewed on their site)

Monday, June 14, 2004 
ASSOCIATED PRESS 

UNION - A new bronze plaque has been placed at the grave of Faheem Williams, the Newark boy whose death last year became symbolic of failures by New Jersey's child welfare agency.

The 7-year-old boy, whose battered body was found in the basement of his aunt's home in January 2003, had been buried in anonymity in a grassy patch of land in Hollywood Memorial Park.

The family did not have enough money to purchase a marker, but was able to pay for it with the help of donations from community leaders and individuals.

Now a bronze marker carries the inscription, "Who will cry for the little boy?"

Relatives unveiled the plaque on the eve of his birthday; Faheem would have turned 9 years old on Sunday.

"He died tragically, but I wanted him to go decently," Faheem's cousin, Clarence Jackson, told The Sunday Star-Ledger of Newark.

Wesley Murphy was jailed soon after the child's decomposed body was found stuffed in a plastic storage bin, a day after Faheem's twin, Raheem, and another brother, 4-year-old Tyrone Hill, were found in an adjoining locked room, alive but emaciated.

In November of 2003, ten months after Faheem's body was discovered, Wesley Murphy, who is 17, was indicted on charges of aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

His mother, Sherry L. Murphy, who is 42, was indicted on  the attempted murder of Faheem's twin brother, Raheem; attempted murder of the twins' half-brother, Tyrone Hill, who was 4; the kidnapping of Raheem and Tyrone; and child-endangerment counts regarding the three boys, her 14- and 15-year-old daughters, and the twins' 13-year-old brother.

A family friend Joseph Reese, who is 45, was indicted on charges that he had sexually molested one of the boys while living in Irvington with Sherry Murphy and Melinda Williams, the twins' mother.

November 6, 2003 was the first time ANYONE was formally charged with being the direct cause of Faheem's death, though the arrests took place in January. Bail has has been set for Sherry in the amount of $250,000. and for Wesley and Joseph in the amount of $100,000. Wesley's lawyer has stated she is shocked by the more serious charge and even though Wesley has admitted to what he did, she is also claims that he is innocent and thinks his bail should only be $5,000. due to the fact that he was released due to an error back in September and returned voluntarily after five days.

Clarence Jackson has this to say about the indictments:

"I'm happy that progress is being made, but it's not the progress that I want, because Sherry is 
not being held accountable for Faheem. She is being held accountable for the living. What 
about the child that is dead?"

"Sherry is the adult. That was her house, not Wesley's house. She is just as much to blame for Faheem's death, if not more." 

Clarence has custody of Melinda Williams' eldest son and is fighting for custody of the brothers who were found with Faheem. 

Murphy was indicted in November on charges of aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault, and child endangerment; he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Murphy's mother, Sherry L. Murphy, 42, of Newark, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and child endangerment charges.

The boys were found in the basement of Sherry Murphy's Newark apartment after being entrusted to her care by their mother, Melinda Williams, prosecutors said.

The public outcry led Governor McGreevey to order emergency measures to overhaul the state Division of Youth and Family Services, which had closed the boys' case despite unresolved issues. 

January 6, 2004

I just received a call from Todd at New Millennium. I am very very excited to say that he has received donations from other people at this point. I spoke to Doris last night and she has been busy as well with a man who Pastors three churches and runs a youth group. The youth group has made a donation and the Pastor has vowed to "Make this happen" by getting more donations. I AM  VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

Update:

Today, November 18, 2003, I spoke to two very helpful people. My thanks go out to Doris, who gave me the information I needed to get in touch with the company who will be making a grave marker for Faheem. Doris and I spoke on the phone twice today and she is sending me information about Faheem and all that happened.

I spoke to a very nice man named Todd who informed me that Faheem's grave maker had been ordered, however, the funds to pay for it had not been raised. I have had several people ask me how to make donations and I now have that information. You can send a money order to:

New Millennium Burial Solutions
974 B Stuyvesant Avenue
Union, New Jersey
07083
Phone: 908-688-6788
Please ask for Todd

Make sure that you specify that it is for Faheem Williams.

Thank you so much, any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated and there is no donation that will be to small. As I told Doris, if enough people sent even $1. the grave marker would be paid for in no time at all. If you make a donation and would like your name listed on this page, please do not hesitate to let me know and I will be more than happy to add it.

In September of 2003, I received an e-mail from Faheem's cousin who informed me that Tyrone, who is now 5 years old and Raheem who is 8, are doing well. I was also informed that Faheem has no grave marker and I will be doing all I can do to change that. 




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