Serena Williams' sister's death at 31 deeply affected her family

Cynthia Rita
Aug 23, 2018
12:43 P.M.

Serena Williams and her sister Venus attended a panel hosted by ESPN's Jemele Hill last December and talked about the murder of her sister, Yetunde Price.


Price, the eldest of the Williams' family, was killed in 2003 at the age of 31 in a drive-by shooting in Compton, California, and her family still remembers that day.


Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who has a total of 23 Grand Slam singles which gives her the records for most Grand Slams wins in the Open Era.


Serena and her sister Venus attended a panel hosted by ESPN's Jemele Hill and other community activists and Serena's sister Yetunde Price came up. Fifteen years have passed since her sister's death, and Serena still cries over her unfair murder

The tennis superstar said:

Well, violence has affected our lives personally — we lost our sister, she was the oldest — to violence. But I think what people don’t realize is how violence really affects not only your family, but your friends, your neighbors, everyone. And it’s … I’m going to stop there.”


Her words were utterly moving, and the audience was hushed when Serena couldn't continue. Unfortunately, violence is a big issue, and everyone has dealt with or known someone who has suffered at the hands of violence.

Big sister Venus continued by saying:

“Maybe I can help her continue. Also, violence not only affects the victim's family but also the family of the perpetrator. It ruins their lives as well. If you're a mother or father, it's not your plan to have your child commit this. It ruins lives. I think one of the hardest days of all of our lives was having to tell our sister's children what happened to their mom. You can't prepare for that.”



Robert Edward Maxfield was arrested for Yetunde's death back in 2006, even though he pleaded not guilty. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but he was paroled last March, according to People, for good behavior.

Price, a mother of three, was a nurse and the owner of a hair salon at the time of her death, She also worked as Serena and Venus's assistant from time to time. She was with her boyfriend, Rolland Wormley, the night of the shooting.


In 2003, Wormley recalled the dreadful night saying:

“I’m trying to get through this. I’m trying to get away, I’m trying to get her to safety. Once I get to Long Beach Boulevard, I see the back window is shattered. I look to the right and said, ‘Baby, are you all right?’ I look at [Price] and there was blood everywhere.”

Serena and Venus opened Yetunde Price Resource Center, in Compton, in late 2016 to honor their sister's memory.

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