Homicide victim’s family looks for answers

(VANCOUVER, MAY 9) Six years ago, Timothy Vernon Jones was shot to death outside of his house. Individuals responsible for his death were never found, despite a lengthy investigation conducted by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT). On May 10th, 2013, Jones would have turned 35.

On the afternoon of February 25, 2007, Mission RCMP responded to a report of shots fired by a house on Murray Street. Upon arrival, police found Jones lying on the ground. All attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead on scene.

According to the information received by the investigation team, earlier that afternoon Jones came out of his house to help two women with their car troubles. Once the women drove off, a second vehicle, a dark-coloured SUV  pulled up beside Jones’ residence. Jones came up to the car to speak with the occupants, and was immediately shot in the head by one of the individuals inside the car.

At the time of the shooting, Jones was living next to a known gang member, Duane Meyer. Authorities believe Meyer was the intended victim, and that Jones’ death was a fatal case of mistaken identity.

Jones’ family never recovered from the senseless loss of their loved one. The pain of the loss is exacerbated around special family holidays, such as Timothy’s birthday.

The investigation team has not given up hope to find those responsible for Jones’ death, and urge anyone with information to come forward.

“Homicide investigations are not a race to the finish line.  In several of the cases we investigate we will see charges and convictions occur many years after the homicide,” says IHIT Sergeant Jennifer Pound. “What we need is that one bit of information that leads us to the person(s) responsible.”

IHIT is asking anyone with information to contact the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-4448. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

This article was originally published on the BCIT News website.