LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – A Lexington comic book and graphic novel writer is working on a project to honor 13-year-old Deon and 5-year-old Skyler Williams, the siblings who were killed in Lexington in May . Their mother was charged with murder.
“He should always be here. Skyler should always be here. It hurts that they’re not here,” Shawn Pryor said.
Pryor has a day job, but he’s working toward a career writing graphic novels and helping kids learn more through a program at Winburn Middle School.
“They wanted to learn about comics. They wanted to write about superheroes. They wanted to talk about manga. They wanted to talk about anime. They wanted to learn about this process,” Pryor said. “We can share our experiences, help them grow, but at the same time they also help us grow. That’s where I met Deon.”
He said Deon had a great imagination and loved drawing comics.
“He really liked dragons. He thought dragons were really cool,” Pryor said.
Pryor wants Deon’s creativity to be his legacy. He’s started a fundraiser to create a tribute to Deon and Skyler that will help children at Winburn Middle School discover their own passions.
“We’ll be shopping for graphic novels, art supplies, manga, and getting ready for school in the fall,” he said.
Everything will be in a special section of the library called “Deon and Skyler’s Corner”.
“I just want to show these kids that we care about them, we definitely care about Deon, we definitely care about Skyler, and this tribute is in their memory to let everyone know that we don’t have never forgotten,” Pryor said.
Pryor has already collected much more than expected and he hopes it will go a long way to honoring the memory of Deon and Skyler.
“We can always share Deon’s spirit with these kids. That’s what we’re going to do. That’s what I’m going to do,” Pryor said.
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