Friends of a murder victim are saying stop the violence. It's an effort organized by classmates of Russell Jones, one of three family members killed in south Augusta last week.
The suspect, Ryan Jones, made his first appearance in court yesterday for the death of his parents and younger brother. A magistrate judge told Jones the case needs to move to Superior Court.
Last Tuesday, the bodies of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones were discovered in a burning field near Deer Chase Elementary School.
After this tragic event, the classmates of Russell Jones are bringing awareness of how violence is tearing apart families and destroying the community. The message is clear: the violence needs to stop now.
More than a hundred people showed up at the Riverwalk Wednesday night to send a message to people in the CSRA.
Several of Russell Jones friends and classmates organized the candle light vigil. During the rally, they spoke about the man that Russell was, attributing his qualities to his two parents Edna and Roosevelt. They say he was a caring and positive person. They also let go of balloons in memory of Russell.
But the rally wasn't only about the Jones family. Friends and family members prayed for those effected by deadly violence across the country. Several speakers, including Commissioner Alvin Mason, talked about what the community can do to prevent violence. Many of the people we spoke with say they are still shocked by what happened to the Jones family.
"Honestly, I don't think anybody knew. Everybody feels like there was something they could have done to prevent it. It's like hitting me now. I'm feeling like I could have prevented it. So no, I had no idea and every time I think about I think it's just crazy," says Dwight Bonner, a friend of Russell Jones.
A memorial service for the Jones family will be held on Saturday. The service will start at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Augusta.
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