Relatives ID victims in deadly Detroit standoff

The Detroit News

Relatives have identified three people slain in a standoff this week on the city’s east side between a barricaded gunman and Detroit police.

Cynthia Williams

The women fatally shot were Barbara Ann Williams, 71; her daughter, Cynthia Ann Williams, 51; and sister, Patricia Wilson, 62, their family said in a statement released Wednesday.

Relatives confirmed Cynthia Williams was the live-in girlfriend of Lance Smith, 49, whom authorities have identified as the suspect in the 14-hour standoff on Lamont. The standoff ended when he fatally shot himself.

Patricia Wilson

Two Detroit Police Department officers and an off-duty officer with the Detroit Public Schools Community District police, who lived nearby and was married to Wilson, were wounded in the incident but survived.

“The loss of these treasures is heartbreaking and even more unimaginable knowing they died tragically in a senseless and savage trilogy of murder,” the Wilson and Williams family wrote.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Barbara Williams

The family is asking the public to donate to the Williams and Wilson Memorial Fund set up at Comerica Bank, 20555 Mound Rd., Detroit, MI 48234.