Family prepares candlelight vigil for boy who died after alleged abuse

Family waiting hearing in case

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SAN ANTONIO - The family of 5-year old Josiah Xavier Williams is preparing to hold a candlelight vigil in his memory. Friday will mark a year since his death and family and friends will gather to remember him.

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Williams was found dead inside the family's home in the 3900 block of Gayle Avenue.

"It still feels like it was yesterday. It's still hard. It's so hard it feels like a nightmare we are never going to wake up from," said Josiah's grandmother, Patty Quintero.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the child the following day and reported that he was malnourished -- just 38 pounds-- and showed signs of physical abuse.

Josiah's father, stepmother, and step-grandmother were all arrested in connection to his death. They have been identified as Charleston Williams, Crystal Williams and Gloria Rosas Proo.

"They have to go to trial. They have to get what it coming to them. Which we hope is the max for all of them," said Quintero.

After Josiah's death, Child Protective Services took custody of the other two children in the home, police said.

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. "A celebration of his life up in heaven. His new life, better life," Quintero said.

A hearing in the Williams case will be held on Jan. 23.

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