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Community mourns family killed in suspected triple homicide

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night.

The vigil for Roosevelt Jones, Edna Jones and their son Russell Jones was at the church because the Joneses attended the church for 40 years and it's where they formed some of their closest friendships.

As friends of the Joneses sang, prayed and comforted each other at the vigil they cried.

Many of the family's grieving friends came to know them at the Augusta Deliverance Church where Roosevelt Jones was a deacon, Edna Jones was involved in the women's ministry and Russell Jones operated the sound board.

Friends of the Jones' family say they were found dead Tuesday in a wooded area behind Deer Chase Elementary School; their bodies were badly burnt.

Richmond County investigators aren't able to identify the bodies yet but they believe the family may have been killed at their South Augusta home and then moved to the woods.

Investigators say they're questioning a person of interest for the suspected triple homicide.

Shannon Colbert Willis says she's known the Joneses her entire life and she says she's horrified by their deaths.  

"It was absolutely devastating to know someone that you grew up with, just to know that they would go through something so gruesome so many years later it's just very difficult. We're just trying to comfort each other," Willis, said.

She says Roosevelt and Edna Jones have two surviving sons and a daughter.

 The pastor of their church says they plan to set up a memorial fund for the Joneses tomorrow.  

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