Fatal shooting investigation, reaction continues

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the Dec. 15 shooting death in Chester Gap of 25-year-old Brittney Koster of Woodbridge, whose boyfriend remains in custody without bond, charged with involuntary manslaughter and two other gun-related felonies.

David Michael Williams of Nez Perce Way told police that he unintentionally shot and killed Koster after pointing what he thought was an unloaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol at her and pulling the trigger, just after midnight at his Chester Gap home.

Brittney Koster
Brittney Koster

Koster’s family and friends in Woodbridge, where she was a student at George Mason University, an employee of the Dumfries Food Lion and active in the EPCW Adult Coed Softball League, organized a candlelight vigil last Saturday and a GoFundMe campaign to assist her family (gofundme.com/rff8qsrp).

Comments on the rappnews.com website, on social media and other sites have pointedly reflected the sadness, outrage and compassion of both Koster’s and Williams’ friends and family and others. A small sample follows (and there is a related letter to the editor on page A4).

So much judgment and hatred. All these posts are doing is tarnishing the memory of this beautiful girl. A terrible terrible tragedy that could happen to any of us at any time. I am certain that both sides are grief stricken. Prayers to all.

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This tragedy has rocked our community and BOTH families involved. The comments on this page are absolutely ridiculous. NO ONE knows what happened. Have some respect for BOTH families. I assume most of you are adults, so please start acting like it. Accidents happen, tragedies happen, but calling names, assuming things, and be nasty doesn’t help the situation any. A beautiful life was lost, I understand she needs a voice, but you’re going about it the wrong way. I’m not trying to start anything or say that you are wrong for feeling the way you do, but you are being EXTREMELY disrespectful. Either way the court will determine what happened and do whatever it sees fit. My prayers go out to BOTH families.

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At least you can hear his voice, at least you can go to visit him, and guess what if he gets off on the charges he has you will eventually get him back. WE WILL NEVER GET HER BACK. [He] took EVERYTHING FROM US.

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Do you really need to take a gun safety class to know not to point a gun at someone’s head? I would think common sense would dictate that it’s unsafe. I am so sorry for the young woman and her family, especially to lose her life in such a careless way.

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Nobody points a gun at anyone without intent to do a malicious act. There was a reason he pointed a loaded gun at her. Even if you thought he was a good guy, it still doesn’t explain his logic. . . . He deserves the maximum sentence.

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It’s really easy to get on social media and bash someone because we are hurt and angry but you need to consider everything before doing that. I always try to ask myself what would my loved one want me to do, how would they want me to act? Would she really want you to be bashing him? Probably not. My thoughts and prayers for you all.

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