“She was genuinely a giver,” remembering Perdido Pass bridge crash victim

Baldwin County

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — Sylvia Watkins was killed just over a week ago when police say another driver crossed the median on the Perdido Pass bridge and hit her head on.

The father of her children spoke with News 5, saying the two of them had six kids, ages 9-17.

“They don’t have their mom,” said Joseph Williams. “I’m here, I’ll always be here for them. But that don’t change they still don’t have their mom.”

Williams says he and Watkins had broken up, but they were still very cordial and supportive of one another. Williams now has full custody of the children.

A funeral service was held Monday afternoon for Watkins in Pensacola. Her family is no stranger to tragedy. Ten years ago, Sylvia’s older sister Samira was brutally murdered. CBS aired a special about that investigation last month.

”  “When Samira got killed, that was like one of the roughest times of my life. Watching Sylvia suffer, and I couldn’t do nothing to change it,” Williams said.

Now, tragedy struck again with Sylvia’s death. And Williams says he’s going to do anything for his kids, and help them cope by doing something he said Watkins always did for other.

“She was genuinely a giver, you know what I’m saying? Like she would give anybody anything, and wasn’t worried about people paying her back,” he said.

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