Friends, family come together to remember Williamson County construction worker


Family and friends came together Friday under the glow of candlelight to remember a father of two and construction worker who died earlier this week.  

“We just want justice for Ciro,” said friend Ebony Cathey. “It never should have happened to him.” 

“I keep asking and questioning, wanting to understand why someone could do this, how they could do it,” said fiance Starla Austin. 

26-year-old Ciro Silva died Tuesday after a violent attack at work August 22

Austin said Silva, a contractor, got into an altercation with a co-worker at a job site. 

She said he was hit in the head with a paver stone then hit his head again when he fell. 

“He was unconscious,” Austin said. “I didn’t know how bad it was.” 

“My heart dropped.”

Known for being a jokester, friends were shocked when they heard about the violent way he died. 

“For him to be taken in such a senseless way makes it even worse,” Cathey said. 

“I was sitting in my car, and I couldn’t really do anything,” said friend Antonio Secrest. “I just sat there.” 

Along with fighting for justice, Austin hopes to spread a message of love and an end to senseless violence. 

“Always kiss your loved ones,” Austin said. “You never know what’s going to happen. You never know.” 

Johnny Andrew Kelley is the co-worker allegedly involved. 

Officials say he’s been charged with criminal homicide.  

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