UPDATE: Drugs Possible in Lincoln Homicide

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Lincoln's sixth homicide of the year could be the result of a drug-related robbery gone bad.

Lincoln Police are investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old at LionsGate Apartments.

Lincoln Police responded to reports of a shooting just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Police said they found 21-year-old Maurice Williams shot. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police Chief Jim Peschong said a friend left the apartment and a group of men entered the apartment "within a minute or so" after the friend left. Chief Peschong said a struggle ensued before the a shot was fired.

"It appears as though it was a result of a home-invasion robbery that had gone bad," Chief Peschong said. "There may be some narcotics connection to this home-invasion robbery."

LPD said Williams' brother was at the apartment at the time and that he escaped out a back door. A woman was also in the residence in another room.

According to Williams' Facebook profile, he is originally from St. Louis. It says he went by the nickname "Moe Breezy."

Friends admit his past was troubled.

Court documents show he had several charges of driving on a suspended license and was initially charged with robbery in 2012. He eventually pled no contest to a lesser charge of accessory to a felony.

A judge sentenced him to 262 days in prison.

But after recently getting out, friends also say Williams was like a new man, focused on creating a better future.

Ariel Gale, a close friend of Maurice Williams said that, "I texted him a few weeks ago and he said he was starting school again... laying low."

Tisha Giombetti, another friend of Williams said, "He was always very self-determined, he wanted to change his life around."

Gale agreed, saying "He was always cool, if you didn't had none, and you needed something he always had it."

"He had a really good personality, you could hang out with him and do nothing...sit and chill and just have a good time.You wouldn't get bored, you'd just keep laughing," said Giombetti.

While Williams won't get the chance to do what he planned, his friends say they won't forget who he was and who he wanted to be.

"He was a good kid...he gone, but he ain't ever forgotten," said Gale.

Neighbors say they didn't hear gunshots or see anything unusual before the shooting began. They also tell 10/11 they didn't know Maurice Williams because this neighborhood tends to be quiet and people "keep to themselves."

One woman who lives right next door said she was scared for her three little boys when she saw the entire block full of police cars and a helicopter in the sky.

Autumn Ludeke said,"I woke up and looked out the window and I'm like 'what the heck is going on?' Shocking to know stuff like this happens, you just never know."

"I still don't know to react...It's just too weird. I'm out there every day, skateboarding or walking my dog, just anything. So someone getting shot over there is a little creepy," said Brian Rexroad.

Autumn Ludeke also said police told her to be careful.

As this investigation continues, police ask for your help finding more information. They say if you know anything, please contact Crimestoppers at 402-475-3600.


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