Angela Williams is the founder of Mothers Against Murderers Association (MAMA). started in 2003 when her nephew, Torrey, was senselessly murdered, Angela has helped hundreds of mothers and their families to recover from the unspeakable tragedy of losing a child to gun violence. Angela is one of the most loved and respected people in Palm Beach County. Her work includes healing and helping bereaved mothers and family move forward with their lives. Her work on prevention promises to fulfill her dream of eliminating the need for MAMA’s existence.
Through strength, determination, and a desire to make change, MAMA was born. MAMA, short for Mother’s Against Murderers Association, is a charitable organization founded by Angela, in memory of her nephew Torrey. MAMA’s mission is to positively impact the community by providing support for the families of victims, informing the community about the long-term effects of violence, and voicing the need for change to lawmakers.
Over the past eleven years, Angela has lost a total of eighteen nieces and nephews to violence. Her experience in tragedy makes her an understanding and caring support provider to other families that lose a loved one.
Angela has spent countless nights out in the community, called by community and community leaders to be with the families of victims. She witnesses first-hand the destruction caused by violence and she suffers along with these families each and every time she gets the call to do so.
The family support that Angela provides extends beyond the night that tragedy strikes. Angela negotiates with funeral homes and raises funds so that families of victims can arrange a proper funeral. Afterwards, Angela continues to support mothers by going to court with them when perpetrators are tried for their crimes.
One of the causes of violence that Angela hopes to eliminate is retaliation. When a young person is killed, sometimes that person’s family wants to take justice into their own hands. On many occasions, Angela has brought a perpetrator’s family to meet with a victim’s family, and by doing that she has been able to prevent retaliation between those families.
The fact that many of these tragedies are preventable sparks Angela’s drive to make change. Through numerous programs directed at her community’s young people, Angela teaches that violence is not the answer, and she demonstrates all that can come from doing good deeds.