Bormann's family released a statement Tuesday offering condolences to the Williams' family. "We do not understand why this happened, as we are still trying to figure it out for ourselves," the statement, provided in an e-mail to KETV, read. "We understand that there are absolutely no words that can change what happened in this tragic event and would like Brittany's family to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers every hour of every day."
Bormann had been charged with three minor crimes in South Dakota, KETV reported, including traffic violations and a drug possession charge that was later reduced.
Williams reportedly was a graduate of Northwest High School and a student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she was studying to become a nurse, according to a MySpace tribute page devoted to Williams' memory. It was filled with items about the young woman participating in sorority events and behavior typical of a college student.
Many friends posted comments expressing sadness over the death. "I can see her smile, hear her voice, a cute little squeaky voice that I thought was hilarious," a friend identified as Tia wrote. "I remember her trendy style of dress, and her crazy shopping fetish that could almost compete with mine."
"I'll never forget the memories that my friend Brittany N. Williams (aka Ms. Diva) left me," Tia wrote. "I will eternally love her and miss her."