Homicide victim Andrew Jones, 27, was shot to death by his friend Jacob Wayne Rogers Monday, March 2 after Rogers and his girlfriend Katelyn McGraw let Jones stay with them after they lost custody of their newborn baby, according to Jones’ brother Latimar Jones.
But what caused the disagreement is not yet clear.
Rogers told friends on Facebook Tuesday afternoon prior to him being taken into police custody that Jones had taken money from him. But Latimar said there are other rumors going around that caused a fight between the two men. Officials with the Racine Police Department have not confirmed these details.
Jones’ friends and Latimar said that McGraw had just had Rogers’ baby at the end of February, but the couple lost custody of the baby because she tested positive for having drugs in her system.
“Andrew was there for the weekend,” Latimar said. “Jacob was going through a hard time.”
Megan Ludwig, who knows Andrew and Jacob, said the two were best friends.
Kayla Garcia, of Trevor, said Jones had a heart of gold.
“He was passionate with music, (had) a smile that can light the room. And his life got took from a friend that called Andrew the godfather of his newborn,” Garcia said.
Andrew left two sons — nine-year-old Jaden and one-year-old Theodore. He worked for Jade Electronics in Kenosha. He was a jokester, often made funny faces and sounds, and wasn’t afraid to embarrass himself.
Latimar finds it hard to believe that Andrew took money from Jacob.
“I’m not sure what the tussle was about,” he said. “He was friends with this guy. Andrew went to the hospital to be with him when his daughter was being taken away.
“What he did was a very savage move.”
Latimar said his friends and family are starting a group called Justice For Drew because they want Rogers to get a life sentence for taking away Andrew’s life.
“What he did was brutal, so monstrous… anything less than life is unacceptable,” he said.
Rogers is charged with shooting Andrew Jones to death, which was caught on video, according to a complaint filed by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday. Racine police took Rogers into custody around 8:30 p.m.
Jones’ friends have set up a memorial fund to cover the cost of his funeral. A benefit is also being held at Tarbenders, 9109 38th St., in Kenosha.
A community service will also be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at 522 3 Mile Rd., and the funeral is expected to be held on Saturday, March 14.
“Andrew was just a very happy person,” Latimar said. “He loved to ‘turn up,’ he liked to be known and stand out. He liked to be wild and the center of attention.
Latimar said he’d really like to know what happened so that his parents — Andrew Jones and Evette Moore — can have some closure.