Father killed in Durham shooting remembered for infectious smile
Posted May 7, 2018 10:23 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — Less than 24 hours after the death of Carlos Jones, family members gathered in the place where he was shot to encourage one another as they embark on the grieving process.
Yasmeen Streeter wonders how she will tell her daughters, ages two and four, about their dad and how much he adored them.
“That’s the part I need strength for. That’s the hard part, especially for Nya, the 4-year-old. She’s head over heels about her dad,” Streeter said.
Streeter was surrounded Monday night by others who were both stunned and heartbroken over the death of Jones, who was shot just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday as he pulled up to the traffic light at the corner of Stadium Drive and North Duke Street. He died at the hospital.
Those who knew Jones best said he had an infectious smile.
“The only thing I remembered was that smile and I think that’s what a lot of people are going to remember him for. Someone that, regardless of what was going on in his life, he always carried that welcome smile,” said family friend Tamario Howze.
As the sun set, 32 balloons were released to celebrate Jones’ 32 years of life as a son, brother and father, who will not get to see his daughters grow up.
“I have tons of videos and pictures and I’m going to keep it alive, like keep the memories alive and let them know they were very loved by their dad,” Streeter said.
Jones leaves behind three daughters and a son.
Authorities said there was a carjacking and shooting about 30 minutes after Jones was shot less than 5 miles away. Police have not said whether they believe the two incidents were related.