Funeral of Mexborough shooting victim Lewis Williams, 21, to take place today as family urge crowds to stay away

The family of a young man shot dead in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, have urged people to remember him in their own special way as his funeral takes place later today.

Lewis Williams.
Lewis Williams.

Lewis Williams, 21, was shot dead in Wath Road, Mexborough, on January 11.

Six people have been charged with his murder and police enquiries are continuing.

Mr Williams' funeral will take place in Swinton today, but due to the Government's current Covid-19 restrictions, only 30 people are allowed to attend.

Mr Williams' family have asked that people are mindful of the restrictions and current social distancing guidelines.

In a statement, his family said: "We know that Lewis was loved by many and that a number of people would like to come and pay their respects.

"We want people to say their final goodbye responsibly, for their safety and the safety of the local community. So we want to remind anyone attending to observe social distancing guidelines, to keep everyone safe. We also welcome thoughts and prayers for Lewis from those who are paying their respects from home rather than attending in person.

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“Lewis has left a massive hole in the hearts of all who loved him.”

South Yorkshire Police are still appealing for anyone with information in connection with Mr Williams' death to contact them by calling 101 quoting incident number 495 of January 11.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.