Family, friends mourn death of Patrick Jones
Detroit — "Oh my God! Oh my God!" was a father's tear-soaked refrain that filled Solomon's Cathedral Saturday during the funeral of his teenage son, who was killed while on his way to work.
Patrick Jones Jr., 19, was gunned down around 4:30 a.m. March 12 at a bus stop in the 9200 block of Patton Street near Tireman and the Southfield Freeway on the city's west side.
As a vehicle with four men inside stopped, two men got out and fired several shots, killing Jones. Police are looking for four suspects.
The teen walked to the bus stop to catch a ride to his job at an employment agency in Redford Township.
The shooting remains under investigation and no arrests have been made in the case.
The pews of Solomon's Cathedral was filled with mourners—some quietly sobbing and others crying out. They managed to praise and thank God for the young man who they say was a bright light with an infectious smile.
Nicknamed "Pooder," Jones graduated from Detroit's Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology in 2014. He played football and was a member of the swim team.
One of seven children, family and friends said Jones was a self-starter, polite and loved working and dressing well. He was a source of inspiration who taught patience and taking things one day-at-a-time.
Joseph Chisolm, first cousin of Jones' mother Chrease Chisolm, said his family is close and familial titles are often blurred.
"He was like my nephew," said Chisolm, who helped raise Jones.
Chisolm said he hopes that Jones' death will serve as a wake-up call.
"I want closure. Justice. But most of all I hope the young men who were here, take heed to what happened and what the pastor said today," said Chisolm.
While Jones was diagnosed with a learning disability, Chisolm said Jones was a smart, dynamic young man.
"What happens is this, schools give titles to things because sometimes they just can't keep up with certain kids," said Chisolm. "They couldn't keep up with him. It was the school that had the disability. He exposed them. These kind of kids expose the system."
Assistant Pastor DeAngelo Malcolm gave a rousing, thought-provoking sermon, imploring mourners to remain steadfast in their faith.
Malcolm said the community should rally and protest deaths like Jones with the same fervor as when incidents of police brutality are revealed.
"Where was the rally in the case?" Malcolm said.
As downtown Detroit is in the midst of a renaissance, said Malcolm, many of the city's neighborhoods are war-zones.
"There is tragedy in these streets," said Malcolm.
The pastor went on to praise Jones' parents who both provided the young man with love, attention and guidance.
Jones' mother, Chrease Chisolm, set up a GoFundMe page in his name to help pay for funeral expenses.
Chisolm pleaded with anyone who has information about the shooting to come forward.
"Follow your heart," Chisolm said. "If it was your loved one, what would you do?"
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (800) SPEAK UP or the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-2200.
Jones was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.