Thursday night, friends, family members and neighbors gathered in front of the Jones family home for a memorial vigil. Neighbors say they are still shocked that a triple homicide happened in their subdivision, but even more shocked it happened to the Jones family.
Dozens joined hands to pray for the Jones family. Denise Gray lives right down the street from where the Jones family lived. She says Edna Jones was an amazing elementary school teacher who taught all three of her kids.
"They were just an awesome couple, a loving couple, a God fearing couple. Just awesome people. People that would be willing to help anybody," says Gray.
Gray says Edna and Roosevelt Jones taught all their children to give. She says their youngest son Russell was always helping out around the neighborhood.
"If you were coming this way and you needed a ride, he was willing to give you a ride. He wouldn't charge the kids anything. Once he dropped the kids off and the parents tried to offer him money, he would say no, I can't accept this."
Gray says for her, the hardest part about all of this is that the Jones family was getting ready for their daughters wedding.
"Mrs. Jones told me that Mr. Jones was getting ready for the father daughter dance. He had been practicing. And how excited he was.
Commissioner Alvin Mason showed up at the vigil as well. He says he knew the Jones family pretty well, but he also wanted to send a message to those in the neighborhood that aren't helping out in this time of need.
"If you want a hood, don't be a neighbor. If you want a neighborhood, let's have some unity. Then we have a community that can get some things done," says Mason.
Investigators say they still don't have a motive for the murders. Gray says she doesn't understand why the Jones were killed either. She says they were a loving family.
"She was proud of all four of her children, very proud of them. So, no, I think nobody in their wildest dream could have seen this coming. Nobody," says Gray.
Funeral services for the Jones family have not been scheduled yet because the investigation is still ongoing.
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