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Community in shock as man is charged with murder of parents, brother

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening.

"It hit me hard because this was like another family to me," said neighbor Allyson Walker.

Walker says she can't believe that Ryan Jones, the family's son, is charged with murdering his parents and his brother. 

"I'm sorry for Robin and Steve now because they have to feel this; because they didn't just lose their momma and daddy, they lost two brothers," Walker, said.

Richmond County investigators believe Ryan Jones shot three of his family members in their Pinnacle Place Drive home and then moved their bodies to a wooded area and set them on fire. Their bodies were found Tuesday.

It's difficult for Walker to think that she'll never see her second family again.

"It's just unreal," she said.

It's also unreal for Shannon Colbert Willis and Brittany Johnson, two lifelong friends of the Jones' family.  

They're struggling to understand why this happened to a family they've respected their entire lives. 

"It's a why question for the family, it's a why question for us as her sisters, for the church congregation, it's a why pretty much for everyone in the community," said Willis.

They say they grew up in the church with the Jones' children.

Willis says their shared faith in Jesus Christ brought them together and it's their faith that will get them through this tragedy.

"We can really overcome this together, we can rally together, we can comfort each other and we know that our strength and our foundation is in Christ," Willis, said.

"They were special, they are true angels, every single one of them" said Walker said.

There is a memorial fund set up for the family at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelistic Church, the church the Joneses attended for 40 years.

If you'd like to give, address your gift to: Augusta Deliverance Evangelistic Church, Memorial Fund, 2028 Roosevelt Drive, Augusta, GA 30909.  

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