Family pleas for brother's killer to confess

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The family of Gregory Jones makes a plea today to his killer, asking that person to turn themselves in. It's been two weeks since Jones was found dead in his home in the 3200 block of Cliff Avenue.

Charnette Johnson wakes up every morning with the pain of knowing that her older brother's killer is still on the loose. She actually found Jones dead in his home and says that day was like a bad dream. She adds, it's still that way today.

"I see it everyday in my head and it's hard. It's hard to know that someone would do that to him," says Johnson.

An emotional Charnette Johnson, describing her murdered brother as a quiet person, loving and very helpful.

Not only to her and the family, but to his 6 year old son who's left behind.  

"He has questions too, that we do not have the answers to. It's hard to explain to a 6-year-old that you're dad is no longer here," says Johnson.

It's been two weeks since that fateful day. Investigators say Gregory dropped his girlfriend off at work after 8 a.m. the morning of the 11. Then, after several phone calls from his girlfriend and family that went unanswered, Charnette and a few others found Johnson dead, in his home. That was around 6 p.m.

At this point, investigators still believe this was not a random shooting.

"As far as we know, Gregory didn't have many out of state contacts and at this point we believe it is someone in the Richmond area," says Richmond Detective Jay Brissette.

Detectives think that killer is still in the area. That has this family on edge. "It makes you look at all the people you know used to be around him. It makes you look at everybody different. It makes you look at everyone more closely," says Charnette.

The killer that's torn this family apart, may be out there listening to this story.

"You've made us uneasy. You've made us restless. We just want you to step forward," says Jones' younger brother Michael Jones.

"We need some type of closure so we can move on with our lives," says Johnson.

We learned today that investigators have not recovered a weapon and that there was no sign of forced entry in the home. Call Crime Solvers with information at 780-1000.

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