When her ex-husband and the father of her son was murdered, Marcell was very young. Taraji was a struggling actress back then along with being a single mother to a 9-year-old kid. In the year 2003, her ex-husband went to confront a couple who slashed his friend's tires but everything went downhill.
The couple- Russell Nickelson and Charlotte Nickelson who according to court documents, were responsible for William's death.
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"His dad was murdered when Marcell was 9," Taraji talks about her son. "He's had to deal with life in a way that a lot of young kids haven't yet." And even though they weren't together at that time, "we would sit and weep about it," says Taraji "Do I mourn for him? Absolutely. I wish my son had his dad. But sometimes things line up and they have to happen and we don't know why."
"I had my one bad boy," The couple started to date while she was attending Howard University. "That was my son's father, my first love, and he's not with us, God rest his soul."