Venus & Serena Williams – Man Convicted of Killing Older Sister Released From Prison
Back in September 2003, Yetunde Price, the maternal sister of Venus and Serena Williams, was shot in the back of the head during a drive-by shooting in Compton. Price was sitting in the passenger seat of a car while her boyfriend, the intended target, was driving. Her boyfriend, believed to be a member of the rival Mac Mafia Crips gang, escaped without injury.
In 2006, Robert Maxfield, a member of the Southside Crips, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years. After serving 12 of those years, the now 38-year-old has been released from prison.
Yetunde was a registered nurse and served as a part-time personal assistant to her tennis star sisters. She also co-owned a beauty salon with a friend. She was the mother of three children, two sons, Jeffrey and Jair, and a daughter Justus. She was 31 years old. Here’s a post that Jair shared on social media about his mother’s death and other victims of senseless violence.
I lost my mom to sensless violence. My family has lost children to senseless violence. This shit gotta stop somewhere. Rip to yetunde price, Jalen Talbert, and XXXTENTACION. Let the losses close to you be an example to lead and live with love, something I’m still learning for myself. I don’t like to use think better in situations like these because i don’t want it to feel like I’m capitalizing of of them but this is what it’s about. Don’t make the easy choice make the better choice and #thinkbetter
Serena and Venus have not spoken about the release of Maxfield, however, they are believed to have been informed of his release. In 2016, Serena and Venus opened the Yetunde Price Resource Center in 2016 in Compton, aimed at helping those affected by violence.