Dozens Come Together For Stop The Violence Rally

Dozens Come Together For Stop The Violence Rally (Image 1)

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

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.

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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