A Mother Demands Justice for The 2018 Mississippi Lynching of Willie Jones, Jr.
The family of Willie Jones, Jr. of Scott County, Mississippi, asserts the right to a proper and thorough investigation and subsequent prosecution for the hanging death of 21 year old, Willie Jones, Jr. Reminiscent of lynchings in the 1950’s and 60’s, on February 8th, 2018, Willie Jones, Jr. was found lifeless, hanging from a tree branch in the front yard of his child’s mother’s home. Willie Jones, Jr. was a young black father in his 20’s. He and his child’s mother, a young white woman in her 20’s dated off and on for a few years. On the day of his death, she and Willie went to her family home where she lived with her mother, step-father and siblings, most of whom were at home when she and Willie arrived. She and Willie are said to have had an argument. Less than an hour later, Willie’s mother, Tammy Townsend received a call saying her son was hanging from a tree in his child’s mother’s front yard. Willie’s mother, Ms. Townsend, rushed to the scene to find the Sheriff’s Department and Coroner in the front yard. In less than 24 hours later, the Scott County Coroner ruled his death a suicide after performing what was termed a “visual autopsy”. Ms. Townsend and her family do not believe Willie Jones Jr. committed suicide. Considering the fact that there were several people at home at the time of his death, a full investigation as to how he died is necessary and in the interest of justice. .
There will be a Press Conference Monday, October 22nd at 4:00PM CT Scott County Circuit Court, 100 E Main St, Forest, Mississippi 39074 .
- Town Hall Meeting Monday, October 22 at 6PM CT. 1072 J R Lynch St, Jackson, Mississippi .
For press inquiries call 601-885-3240. Ms. Tammy Townsend and the Jones Family are joined in demanding #JusticeForWilleJonesJr#JusticeForWilleJonesJr by community members and the Scott County Chapter NAACP, New Black Panther Party, Jackson Chapter Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black With No Chaser; and receive legal support from the Bellinder Law Firm and the People’s Advocacy Institute.