The Tolbert and George Families both at home and in the diaspora have, for the first time, spoken on the gruesome murder of the late Rev. Dr. William Richard Tolbert III, which occurred on Monday, November 1, 2021 at his Mesurado Compound Apartment, Bushrod Island, Monrovia. The two families described the incident as ‘immense loss’ and ‘sorrow.’
In a statement issued on Friday, November 5, 2021, the families described the deceased as a “patriot and tireless advocate for peace and national unity.”
Affectionately called “Bill”, Dr. Tolbert was 68 when he met his untimely demise in the hands of his unidentified murderers. He was a respected Public Servant, a devoted Husband, and a Father of nine children, an Uncle, a Brother and a hugely loved and valued member of the Tolbert and George Families.
The National Peace Ambassador was the son of Liberia’s Late 19th President Dr. William Richard Tolbert, Jr. and Late Former First Lady Mrs. Victoria A. David Tolbert”, the statement said.
“The Tolbert and George Families acknowledged with thanks [the inflow of condolences] and expressed their appreciation for the countless messages of Sympathy, Solidarity, Support, Prayers and Love received from all over Liberia and the world at large.
“We further thank all National and International Organizations who have lent their voices to demand a complete and satisfactory resolution to the HOMICIDE of Liberia’s National Peace Ambassador, His Excellency Reverend William Richard Tolbert, III, Pastor of the Zion Praise Baptist Church”, the statement said.
The statement furthered that the families encourage the entirety of Liberia’s Law Enforcement Institutions and Agencies in applying their maximum efforts and utmost professionalism to determine the cause(s) and/or Persons responsible for Ambassador Tolbert’s death, adding that they fully expect the application of all appropriate remedies in the circumstances as this will restore confidence in Liberia’s Public Security and its National & International image.
“Pending investigations and official inquiries, The Tolbert and George Families will inform the public of funeral arrangements at a later date. In the presence of our tragedy, we declare and renew our faith in God and the Liberian Nation. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr”, the statement ended.