Lisa Williams, the mother of Arizona Wildcats forward Kevin Parrom, has died following a two-plus-year battle with cancer, UA spokesman Richard Paige confirmed tonight.
A reference to her death was posted on Parrom's Twitter page this evening. It said:
"I Love You Momma! You Dont Have To Deal With No More Pain And Now You Can Watch Ya Baby Boy Make You Proud From Up Above. Love You Ma ! RIP"
The worsening of his mother's condition late this summer was the reason Parrom scheduled a trip home to New York during the weekend of Sept. 23-26, according to UA coach Sean Miller. After spending the day on Sept. 23 with his mother, Miller said, Parrom returned to his father's apartment in the Bronx and was shot twice.
Parrom is rehabilitating from a gunshot wound to his right leg and another to his left hand, and it remains unclear when he might be able to return to the Wildcats. Jason Gonzalez of the Bronx has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the incident.
Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court on Dec. 13.
Arizona coach Sean Miller said in a statement tonight:
"Today, Lisa Williams, Kevin Parrom's mom, passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin and his family at this most difficult time. I have never been around a young person who has dealt with more hardship in such a short period of time than Kevin."
"I ask all Arizona Wildcat fans to join us on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at
our annual Red-Blue Game to be there when we introduce Kevin Parrom as a part of our 2011-12 team. He will rely on all of us here in Tucson for support in moving forward.
"This is an opportunity for all of us to show Kevin that he is surrounded by the best basketball community in our country."
Miller said earlier this month that Williams was in the "final stages" of her battle with cancer and that she was having trouble breathing. Parrom saw her for a final time during the first week of October, when he returned to New York to identify the shooting suspect and meet with a grand jury.
Miller said he received a text message from Williams thanking him for allowing Parrom to return home.
After he returned to Tucson a second time, Parrom said his mother told him not to stay in New York in order to focus on his rehabilitation.
"She's a strong woman," Parrom said. "She's fighting for her life right now and there's nothing really I can do. I pray that day-by-day she gets better. I know she's strong enough she's going to fight through this. Right now, it's not in my hands; I gotta pray every day in my sleep. I hope that she can make it to the next day."