WAYMART, Pa. — Flags around the state were lowered to half-staff in his honor and a public viewing was scheduled at his alma mater. The mourning of murdered corrections officer Eric Williams gripped the area Wednesday as his grieving family spent the sad day making funeral arrangements for the Nanticoke man.
"I am really overwhelmed by all of these gestures people are making. All the remembrances and honors for my son lets me feel like once again there is a sense of community," Officer Williams' father, Donald, said Wednesday evening in a phone call. "I want to thank the public. Their response is wonderful."
Officer Williams, 34, was beaten and stabbed repeatedly at U.S. Penitentiary at Canaan in Wayne County on Monday night as he was preparing to lock inmates in their cells for a nightly head count. An autopsy determined he died from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck and bleeding caused by multiple stab wounds, officials said.