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Man arrested in connection with 2020 fatal shooting of IU student in New York City


New York City Police arrested a man on Nov. 3 in connection to the murder of an IU student in October 2020. 

Police arrested William Freeman, 26, in connection with the murder of IU student Ethan Williams, 20, according to a Fox59 article. Freeman was preliminarily charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon on Nov. 3. 

Williams, from Indianapolis, was in Brooklyn, New York, when he was shot in the chest on Oct. 24, 2020, according to the 13 WTHR article. Police found Williams by the New York Police Department outside a townhouse at 42 Eldert St. Williams died due to the injuries he sustained at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, according to a 13 WTHR article.   

According to a 13 WTHR article, Freeman was a person of interest in the case, and police used facial recognition to identify him as the shooter. Williams' father was told over the phone by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office that Freeman confessed to murdering Williams, according to the 13 WTHR article. 

Williams was visiting New York City with friends to make skateboarding videos, according to the Fox59 article. William Park Skatepark in Indianapolis built a ramp in the shape of a book to honor Williams and his love for skateboarding and reading.

 Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified Williams' father.

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