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
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,"
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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