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Uber driver shot, robbed by passengers undergoing multiple surgeries

March 23, 2019

An Uber driver shot while trying to earn extra money for his daughter’s birthday party went through a fourth surgery Friday amid continued efforts to save his life.

Kim Troy Williams, 51, was shot twice in the abdomen at about 8:20 a.m. Thursday after he had picked up two passengers at an unknown location and drove them to the 7400 block of New Laredo Highway, according to San Antonio Police.

The suspects took everything Williams had, including his wallet, cell phone and laptop, as they fled in his 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Williams made his way to a nearby muffler shop where paramedics picked him up and took him to at San Antonio Military Medical Center .

His sister-in-law Amy Keslar Williams said that after Kim Williams was shot, he remained conscious long enough to get to the hospital.

He gave police a description of one of the suspects, provided an emergency contact and went into a coma, his sister-in-law said.

As of Friday, Williams remained in a medically induced coma.

Doctors removed parts of his internal organs that were damaged by the bullets, including his gall bladder, liver, a piece of his stomach and a portion of his lung, his sister-in-law said.

She said his abdomen is open and could stay that way through Sunday until doctors can finish reconstructive surgery.

“It’s still a long road to recovery. He’s still going to have to have a few more surgeries,” Amy Williams said. “They’re not exactly sure how many because of ... all the things they have to do and each one seems to have a bit of a hold up.”

As Kim Williams continues his recovery, his family — including his wife and 8-year-old daughter — has made sure to have at least one person by his side at all times.

“It’s a tough situation, we’re dealing as best as we can,” his sister-in-law said. “Everybody’s been around 24 hours. We’re a close-knit family, real tight-knit.”

A Gofundme set up by family to help cover his medical expenses raised more than $4,000 as of Friday night.

Williams, who works at a T.J. Maxx distribution warehouse, joined Uber to earn extra money for his daughter’s ninth birthday party, his family said.

“He’s such a sweet guy,” Amy Williams said. “He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He likes to smile and laugh and loves hanging out with his daughter.”

She said Kim Williams, at 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a heavy-set build, was never afraid to pick up people at certain parts of town.

The two people he picked up Thursday, who used a gift card to pay for the Uber, were strangers to him and his family, she said.

Detectives are now searching security camera footage and interviewing witnesses.

Williams said investigators have told the family they are confident they will have someone soon.

“Keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers, keep your eyes out, because they haven’t been caught yet,” Williams said.