Over the weekend, family and friends paid their respects at a viewing for Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams who died last week from an undisclosed illness. An Orangeburg woman remembered Sheriff Williams: “Larry’s going to be really missed,” she says, “During the time I lost my husband, he was murdered, and right after that happened, Larry got elected sheriff and since then I have seen the crime rate go down.”
And, in fact it has gone down. A bit of a roller coaster ride on crime in Orangeburg the past decade under Sheriff’s Williams’ reign. In 2002, violent crime peaked in Orangeburg with more than 1,600 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people. According to the last numbers released, in 2008, there were 878 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people.
Williams is most remembered for his involvement in the Shaquan Duley case, the mother who is charged with killing her two kids back in August and driving their bodies in an Orangeburg river.
Williams was hospitalized for three weeks prior to his death.