More than 150 mourners gather to honor fallen NJ State Trooper Frankie Williams

More than 150 mourners gathered at a fire hall in Maurice Township for a candlelight vigil held in memory of State Trooper Frankie Williams who was killed in a car accident earlier this week.


The Thursday night vigil for Williams was organized by the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department and Maurice River Township.


Williams was often described as a hero at the proceedings and many spoke of his kindness.

A service will be held Monday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

The Egg Harbor Township man was responding to reports of an erratic driver on state Route 55 in Millville on Monday night when a motorist crossed the median and struck Williams' vehicle head-on.


The 31-year-old died at Cooper University Hospital following the crash. The driver who struck Williams, 61-year-old Lloyd Rudley, was also killed.

Trooper Williams was a newlywed and would have celebrated a year with the New Jersey State Police next month. 

"My son was a hero from the day he was born. He was born February the 14th. He was my heart from that day," says his mother Victoria Williams.


The crash remains under investigation.

Funeral services for Trooper Williams will be held Monday in Atlantic City.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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