Graffiti in Boykins related to man hit by train

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

BOYKINS—Police are offering up to $1,000 to find out who spray-painted graffiti on the playground in Boykins and the Narricot Industries building in memory of a Boykins man hit by a train on May 8.

“Rest in peace” and “We’ll see you in Heaven” were some of the phrases spray-painted on the playground’s basketball hoop backboards and courts, said Boykins Town Sgt. George Brozzo.

Clarance Williams, 28, was hit by the train at 2:05 a.m. between Route 35 and Branchville, Virginia State Police reported. The investigation into his death as of Monday continued, said Sgt. Allen Williams with the State Police in Courtland.

“I know we’re very close to wrapping it up,” Williams said.

He couldn’t say whether the death would be ruled accidental.

“I certainly do not want to compromise anything,” Williams said.

Police indicated earlier it was being investigated as an accident and it’s believed Clarence Williams was alone.

Police learned about Williams’ death after the conductor reported hitting something on a section of tracks that goes through private property.

As of Monday, Brozzo said he had no suspects for the spray-painting incidents. Southampton County Sheriff’s Office also is involved with the investigation because Narricot lies outside town limits.

Maintenance workers for the Town of Boykins have taken down the backboard for repairs. Damage was set at $150.

Anyone with information is asked to call 653-2900. Callers may remain anonymous.