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Classmates try to cheer up 5-year-old shooting victim

Students at Bible Baptist make cards for Marque Students at Bible Baptist make cards for Marque
Marque Williams Jr. Marque Williams Jr.

Instead of starting kindergarten with the rest of his friends at Bible Baptist School, Marque Williams Jr., 5, remains in Memorial Health suffering from a gun shot wound police say his own father perpetrated.

Thursday, the child's pint-sized classmates are sending little Marque a special delivery as he prepares for another surgery Friday. 

When you walk into the classroom, the first thing you notice is a room full of four and five year olds feverishly and frantically coloring and drawing on construction paper.

Along with pre-K class, the kindergarteners are working on "Get Well Soon" cards for their missing classmate. They want Marque to know they miss him.

"They want to make cards to show they care," Gretchen Pike, Bible Baptist lower school principal, told WTOC.

Saturday afternoon, Marque was shot near his Savannah home. Police say it was his father, Marque Williams Sr., 23, who pulled the trigger.

Pike says Marque is going through what no child should, including surgeries to heal his gun shot wound and, no doubt, confusion about what happened and why it happened.

"This incident has really affected our student body. The senior students went to their advisor and asked if they could do a non-uniform day, which is a big deal at a private school," Pike said. "So, for three dollars or more on Friday, any student who wishes can dress down in blue jeans and school color shirts and the money will go to the Williams family to offset medical costs."

Bible Baptist, Pike says, prides itself on being one big family.

"That puts responsibility on us to treat them as family. We make sure we prayer for them. We visit them often. We help anyway we can, whether it is financially, visitation in the hospital and things like that," she said.

Marque will feel the love Friday when the cards and letters from his classmates and other children are delivered before he undergoes another surgery.

Friends of the Williams family told WTOC this week the little boy is doing well and should make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, his father, Marque Williams Sr., was denied bond in court Thursday. He will be in Superior Court at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 to face aggravated assault, terroristic acts and child cruelty charges.

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