Posted May 02, 2019 06:37:17The story of UVA student Ryan Williams began in May 2016 when his roommate found him dead in a locked bathroom at a fraternity party.
A police report revealed he’d been sexually assaulted, but it was not until after the fact that the body was found, partially clothed, in the hallway.
Williams’s body was identified later that month by a relative, who identified him as a student at the fraternity.
The family initially said it was the roommate who found Williams dead, but that accusation was later dropped.
Now the family wants the school to release Williams’s autopsy report, which details the events leading up to the student’s death.
A year after the death, a video of Williams in a locker room with a fraternity pledge was shared online.
It prompted a federal lawsuit against the university, but the case was thrown out in February 2018.
As of Tuesday, the family still wants the autopsy report released.
“They are trying to keep it a secret.
They want to keep the fraternity and the school from ever telling the truth,” said Ashley Miller, a spokeswoman for the family.
“We’ve had the autopsy done, and we’re still waiting for that report to be released.”
Williams was a sophomore in the fall of 2019 and was active in the UVA fraternity.
He was the only person at the party, according to a police report, and was found in the shower with a towel wrapped around his neck.
He had been sexually harassed, according the police report.
The report noted Williams had a black eye, bruising to his upper back, and bruises on his arms and legs.
In May 2020, the police reports said Williams had been drinking heavily, was sexually harassing members of the UVM fraternity, and had been threatening people.
He’d also been harassing a fraternity member, according his autopsy report.
The next day, he was found dead in the same bathroom.
The autopsy found no drugs or alcohol in his system, and he died of blunt force trauma, the report said.
Williams’s body had a single gunshot wound to the head, and the autopsy found a “sharp object” near his mouth.
On June 6, 2020, a week before his death, the fraternity said in a statement that it was “aware of the disturbing details surrounding the death of Ryan Williams and is working to bring closure to this situation.”