Serena Williams posing for a picture with her sister Yetunde Price while holding an award she received.
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Murderer of Venus & Serena’s Sister Released Early After Serving Just 12 Years

Robert Maxfield has been released after serving 12 years in prison. This is three years too early. He was sentenced to serve 15 years. His early release is the result of good behavior behind bars.

The Murder of Yetunde Price

Maxfield was part of a Californian gang called the Southside Crips. He was responsible for the murder of Yetunde Price. She is the half-sister of Serena and Venus Williams. She was killed in a shooting that took place in Compton during a drive-by. This was in 2003.

Robert Edward Maxfield, Yetunde Price's murderer, standing on trial for his crimes.
Robert Edward Maxfield’s early release raises the question of, ‘when is parole just, and for which crimes?’. Image Source: AP Archive

When she met her untimely death, Price was with her boyfriend, Rolland Wormley. She was in the passenger’s seat of her boyfriend’s SUV. They passed by one of the gang’s drug house. Maxfield fired a dozen rounds into the car with his AK-47 rifle. Unfortunately, Price was shot in the back of her head.

The gang was actually targeting her boyfriend Wormley, according to the police. Despite the shooting, Wormley escaped without harm. According to the Daily Mail, Maxfield was sentenced to 15 years in prison. This was three years from the date of the incident.

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Serena Williams posing for a picture with her sister Yetunde Price while holding an award she received.

Serena (right) was rumored to be so full of grief after the death of her sister, Yetunde (left), that she was on the verge of quitting her career. Image Source: BET

Who Was Yetunde Price?

Price was a health practitioner and registered nurse. The 31-year-old, with her friend, ran a beauty salon. She was a part-time personal assistant to her sisters, Venus and Serena Williams. At this point in time, the careers of her sisters were on the rise.


The tragic loss of a loved one comes with a lot of sorrow and pain. Serena and Venus were not any different. The news of the death of their sister hit them very hard. They were filled with tremendous grief at the loss of their sister.

These tennis stars took a long break from their careers when this happened. There was a rumor that Serena might quit playing tennis for good. They took their precious time to mourn their sister and to heal.


Venus and Serena Honor Their Departed Sister

It took Serena and Venus a lot of time to recover from their sister’s murder. Once they had time and space to grieve, they decided to give back to the society.

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In 2016, Venus and Serena set up a center in memory of and to honor of their sister. The center was named Yetunde Price Resource Center. It is located in Compton. This center specializes in assisting victims of violence and trauma to heal.

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