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On Friday, February 9, 1979 — two days after his 23rd birthday — Gene W. Williamson was shot shortly after pulling into the parking lot of a Des Moines apartment building.
Des Moines police found Williamson dead behind the wheel at the 1311 21st street apartment complex — his foot still resting on the brakes and the car in neutral.
Williamson had been shot execution style behind the right ear. An unfired .25-caliber automatic pistol was found in his coat pocket.
Police had previously questioned Williamson in the May 12, 1978 homicide of Harry Hoffman, a well-known attorney from Peoria, Illinois. Williamson was released and not charged in Hoffman’s death.
The 72-year-old Hoffman had been shot in the parking lot of a Des Moines Howard Johnson Motel located at 921 Sixth Avenue. Officials could find no motive in Hoffman’s slaying.
Gene Williamson was born February 7, 1956. He was last known to reside at 2020 E. 18th Street in Des Moines.
If you have any information about Gene Williamson’s unsolved murder please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.