Coronavirus changes how families say final goodbyes

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Visitation held for Yancey Williams, No funeral

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)– The coronavirus is changing how families say their final goodbyes to their loved ones. ​

A visitation was held Friday for a firefighter who was shot and killed Sunday. ​
There won’t be a funeral. ​

At the most 10 people were allowed at the Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home visitation for Yancey Williams. ​
People near and far comforted the family but one immediate member was missing because she has coronavirus. ​
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​Fire stations in Jackson paid one last tribute with a ‘last call’ to 36-year old Yancey Williams who was killed Sunday during an armed robbery. Yancey’s mother couldn’t be here because she has COVID-19. His father says she needs to get better and stay away from others.
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“The doctor called back today and told her they did the test on her and she tested positive for ​
the coronavirus so everybody in the household got to go and take the test because we don’t want no one to spread it and we don’t want ​no one to catch it,” said Frederick Williams, Yancey’s father. ​

He was alerting people at the visitation he could have coronavirus. ​
Yancey is the second child Frederick’s lost to violence.​

“I lost my daughter to the same thing,” said Frederick. “She was killed. Now my son. He was 36-years-old. I had him for 36 years, and he was at ​the fire department for several years and everybody liked him from the east coast to the west coast has been calling about him but things​ like this happen.” ​

It’s the community prayers that’s lifting the family up and will help them heal. While the they says it’s difficult not to have a funeral they know health and safety come first.​

​Frederick hasn’t received the results yet from his coronavirus test. He expects them next week. ​
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