Community prays for Willis family at vigil


Four weeks after a local couple was assaulted and robbed in northern Greenville County, the community is looking for answers and praying for the victims. 

Dozens of people in Travelers Rest gathered Monday night to pray for healing and justice after a brutal attack on two members of the community. They prayed for healing for Ann Willis, who is still in the hospital after being shot. Her husband Warren was severely beaten. 

The couple’s daughter told 7 News her mother is battling a bacterial infection and has a trach. She also said she’s had to be put under anesthesia to have her stomach washed out more than 20 times, but her infection is improving. 

Meanwhile, whoever did this to the Willises is still out there, and the community is demanding answers. 

“We [are] just like family here in Travelers’ Rest,” said resident Peggy Oliver. 

The Willises are known in the community as friends and owners of WE Willis convenience stores.

“It’s a scary thought, you know, having people out there like that, and it’s really just devastating that it happened to such good people in our community,” said Gantt Connor, who said he is friends withe the couple’s granddaughter. 

Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown said he attended the vigil not just as sheriff, but as a friend of Ann and Warren Willis. He said no arrests have been made, but multiple investigators are working on the case. 

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible has been increased to $45,000.

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