Teen killed was in 'wrong place'

June 24, 2009 2:56:09 PM PDT
A night out with friends turned deadly for a 16-year-old boy from South Jersey.Now, Davon Jones' family is dealing with his tragic death, questioning why this happened, all while knowing the killer is still out there.

Jones, from Winslow Township, was gunned down on the streets of Camden, and police believe he was an innocent bystander.

"This is senseless. My baby boy is not coming back home," said Jones' mother Dana McCoy.

McCoy and Jones' father, Michael Jones, are mourning the death of their son who was killed in a hail of gunfire for, authorities say, no apparent reason.

"We lose our young son over something that's not even called for," said Michael Jones.

Police say it was about midnight when Davon Jones, a passenger in a car, went to a home in the Ablet Village Housing Project to pick up a friend who had paid a visit to a girlfriend who had recently graduated from high school.

Police say there was an argument that involved the girl's ex-boyfriend.

Jones, they say, got out of the car to let his friend in and the gunman opened fire, hitting Jones several times.

He died a short distance away.

Authorities do not believe Jones was the target, and say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Investigators recovered at least seven shell casings on the street.

"Where's the proper place for kids to be? We have to change things in this city," said Michael Jones.

"My son was 16 years old. Never started trouble with anybody. He was a happy-go-lucky, well-rounded young man," said McCoy.

Jones' parents gathered with family members in Camden on Wednesday. They moved from the city to Sicklerville about seven years ago in part, they say, to escape violence.

Davon Jones was going into his junior year at Winslow High School.

The family believes police have a good idea who the shooter was, but investigators are not commenting on that. They do say there may have been several people involved in the intitial argument, but that there was only one shooter.

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