MADISON, Tenn. – Family and friends gathered to remember a teenager shot and killed in Madison last week.
A big crowd filled the little league field in Madison Sunday night to remember Kenneth Jones and support his family. It was the second vigil in two days to honor Jones.
Jones, age 15, just finished his freshman year at Hunters Lane High School where he played football and was known for his great smile. His friends knew him as “Kash.”
“I looked at him like a big brother,” said Ericha Johnson, one of Jones’ friends. “If someone was down he would always be there for them.”
Friends took time to write messages to Jones on balloons that were released at the end of the vigil. Many in attendance also wore T-shirts with his photo.
“He was my friend,” said Alexis Ryans, one of Jones’ classmates. “He was just cool. Everybody knew him.”
Metro police said Jones was found dead behind the Forest Park Apartments in Madison Thursday evening. Officers said they believe he was shot while trying to purchase a gun. Friends said the news was shocking, and they hoped something positive could come from the tragedy.
“We want to use this opportunity to rally everyone together and to try and change the direction they are headed in,” said Adam French, a minister at Long Hollow Baptist Church.
Metro police said 17-year-old Devone Starks from Goodlettsville remained in juvenile detention in connection to Jones' shooting. He was charged with criminal homicide. Metro Police said the investigation into the shooting was ongoing.