Eboni Wiley mentored victim Felecia Williams

Tampa, Florida -- We're learning much more about the last person who reportedly saw nine-year-old Felecia Williams alive. It was a long-time family friend Eboni Wiley.

The 23-year-old lives with her mother near the corner of N. 17th Street and East Emma Street in Tampa. Neighbors say a large blue trash can in front of the house had been there for days.

Felecia Williams' death is the hot topic of discussion in the community. Several neighbors tell 10 News they remember seeing Felecia in the neighborhood with Wiley on several occasions. Many say their hearts go out to Felecia's family and friends.

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"You know I could just imagine what the mother is going through. You know, just remembering your child like what torture...or torment that baby went through," says Angela Mitchell.

Family members say Wiley called herself "Felecia's godmother" and acted like a mentor to the girl. It's one of the reasons why they're struggling to understand why she was arrested over the weekend accused of lying to police involved in the investigation.

Wiley, according to her Facebook page, is a graduate of King High School and took college courses at Everest College. She works as a housekeeper at Whispering Oaks Assisted Living Facility right around the corner from her home.

No one would speak with 10 News at the facility but a spokesperson released the following statement:

"This is a very unfortunate tragic situation and our hearts go out to the family of this little girl. In regards to Ms. Wiley this is a personal issue which does not involve the facility."

Jasmine Crawford works with Wiley and says she remembers her bringing Felecia to work with her often, even as recent as last Thursday, which she says was beginning to become an issue.

"They were telling her she couldn't be there without a parent. When I got there Saturday they were like, 'she went missing' and they couldn't find her."

Neighbors say Wiley is active at Kingdom Faith Life Center on Busch Boulevard. Felecia's family members say Wiley would take Felecia to church with her from time to time. They also say Wiley was into outreach programs that were held at her home.

"Some lady was preaching. Somebody told me they were walking around passing out flyers to get you to come," says Willie Conner.

A woman who answered the phone at the church didn't want to share her name. She said, "Out of respect for the family - we have no comment."


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