Morgan Park popcorn fundraiser helps family of slain Chicago firefighter Lt. Dwain Williams, killed in carjacking attempt

Hundreds participate in Morgan Park popcorn shop Lets Get Poppin fundraiser for family

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Friday, December 11, 2020
Popcorn fundraiser benefits family of slain Chicago firefighter
Hundreds of people lined up for a fundraiser at the popcorn shop where retired Chicago firefighter Dwain Williams was shot and killed.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- First responders are saying goodbye Thursday to a retired Chicago firefighter, who was killed during an attempted carjacking.

A fundraiser has also been announced in his name.

Colleagues from the fire and police departments are paying respects to fallen retired CFD Lt. Dwain Williams.

Williams, 65, was killed in a carjacking attempt last week.

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It happened when he was making his regular visit to "Lets Get Poppin" popcorn shop in Morgan Park on the afternoon of Dec. 3. A growing memorial now marks the spot where he was killed.

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The shop plans to hold a fundraiser Thursday afternoon. Customers are asked to buy a bag of Williams' favorite popcorn for $10 a bag, in which a portion of the proceeds will go to his family.

Police released video of the carjacking in hopes of identifying the suspects. There is also a reward of at least $34,000 being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

WATCH: Raw surveillance video of attempted carjacking, shooting

Chicago police released this surveillance video of the attempted carjacking and shootout that killled retired Chicago firefighter Dwain Williams in Morgan Park.

Thursday's visitation goes through the evening, and the popcorn fundraiser starts at 2 p.m.

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Members of the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department honored slain Lt. Dwain Williams as his body arrived at the medical examiner's office Thursday night.

Chicago police are now battling a dramatic increase in carjackings, with more than 1,200 reported so far this year. There were 501 reported at this time in 2019.

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Detectives hope this video will help take some of those offenders off the streets and bring some peace to Williams' family.

Anyone with information that might lead to an arrest in Williams' murder can submit a tip anonymously at