Family pleads for information after teenager killed in hit-and-run

Vigil held for teen killed in hit and run on what would've been 18th birthday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It wasn’t easy for the Jones family to show up on Florida Boulevard Tuesday evening. They gathered at the spot where 17-year-old Devon Jones was killed on November 1.

“I just miss him so much. It’s just hard to know that your only child that you love is gone,” his mother, Kenya Jones, said.

The vigil was organized on what would have been Devon’s 18th birthday. Friends and family released 18 balloons in his honor.

Around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, Devon was walking home from his uncle’s house. He had to cross Florida Blvd. to get to his family’s house on Ocean Drive. But Devon never made it across. He was hit in the outside westbound lane near the Bon Carre Business Center by a vehicle that never stopped. He died the next day in the hospital.

“I watched Devon being born,” grandmother Shirley Jones said. “Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would watch him take his last breath.”

Baton Rouge Police are looking for a white van captured on a nearby camera. Detectives say it appears to be a newer model Ford work van, possibly with damage to the front.

Each day that passes, the Jones family wonders if anyone will ever come forward with more clues.

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“Just a little bity piece of information would help us out a lot. We just need some closure,” Shirley said.

“Just have a heart. My child didn’t deserve this. So whoever did it, I just want justice. Just think about if that was your child, ” Kenya added.

As the 18 balloons disappeared out of sight, Devon’s family vowed to keep their eyes open, watching and waiting for justice.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP (7867). You do not have to give your name.

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