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Man killed in  Aurora restaurant was young father

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Updated: February 16, 2014 6:28AM

It is a legacy Charae Williams would prefer her family didn’t have, but one that became a reality on Monday night for the Aurora woman.

When William’s cousin, Arin Williams, 20, was just a year old, his mother died of a brain aneurysm. When Arin was shot and killed on Monday evening, he left behind a 1-year-old son of his own.

“His mom died in the same hospital he did,” Williams said Tuesday morning, trying to make sense of Arin’s murder.

Williams said Arin was just in the wrong place at the wrong time around 7:35 p.m. Monday evening when he walked into an Aurora restaurant, and never walked out.

Police said Arin had gotten into a fight with two black males inside the bathroom of La Torta Carniceria y Taqueria, 800 block of North Lake Street. Before it was over, shots were fired.

Arin was shot once in the head, and died at an Aurora hospital. Police said the incident was possibly drug related.

“He definitely got caught up with the wrong people,” Williams said. “People keep saying he was a gang banger. That’s not the kind of person he is.”

To Ashley Donelson, the mother of Arin’s 1-year-old son, Arin meant the world.

“He was an amazing father to our son and my oldest child,” she said. “I love him very much and am really hurt right now.”

On Arin’s Facebook page, scattered among pictures of his young son, the West Aurora man references drug dealing, and talks about being shot just days before his death.

This isn’t how Charae Williams wants him to be remembered, because, she said, it isn’t who Arin was.

“He was just young, and saying things to make himself look cool. That wasn’t really him,” Williams said.

“Everybody has their Facebook fronts, but you grow up and realize that that is stupid. He didn’t realize that yet.

“Now he is gone, and all we can do is look back at things he wrote to make himself look good to everybody.”

The Arin Charae Williams remembers was a goofy, fun-loving father who had a joke for every situation. He was the baby of his family, and very loved.

“He’s really not a bad person,” she said. “He would never hurt anybody. He didn’t own a gun. He never shot a gun ...This was just him being with the wrong people at the wrong time.”

Aurora police said they have several solid leads in the case, and they are continuing to pursue those leads. No arrests have been made.

Reporter Stephanie Lulay
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