Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested on Monday after he is said to have killed three classmates and hurt two others.
Lavel “Tyler” Davis of South Carolina, D'Sean Perry of Miami, and Devin Chandler of Virginia Beach were all football players.
After a 12-hour manhunt, police apprehended Jones and charged him with three charges of second-degree murder and three counts of using a weapon to commit a felony.
Here's what we know about Jones and why he attacked and killed someone:
Who is Christopher Darnell Jones Jr?
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was born on November 17, 1999, and is now 23 years old. People think he weighs 190 pounds.
He is an African American man with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a Burgundy Sweater or Hoodie, Blue Jeans, and Red Shoes.
He was brought up in Virginia. Virginia Sports says that his hometown is Petersburg, a small city about 20 miles south of Richmond.
He also lived in Henrico, which is close to Richmond. There, he went to Varina High School and played football for three years.
There, he made the all-conference honorable mention team as a freshman and the all-conference second team the next two years, a website said.
Jones Was an Outstanding Student: Varina recognized him as Student of the Year in both his freshman and sophomore years, he was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, and he served as President of the Key Club and the Jobs for Virginia Grads Program.
Virginia Sports said that he played linebacker and running back at Petersburg High School during his senior year.
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🚨UVA Officials have released SUSPECT INFO🚨
CHRISTOPHER DARNELL JONES
Wearing a Burgundy jacket or hoodie, blue jeans, and red shoes.
He was on a UVA Football Roster in 2018. From Petersburg VA. Went to Varina HS for 3 years and Petersburg HS senior year. @NBC12 pic.twitter.com/UBGFCJxk7t
— Riley Wyant (@rileywyantTV) November 14, 2022
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr's Family
Virginia Sports says Jones is the son of Margo Ellis and Christopher Jones Sr. Eliza, Darrius, and Varian are his two brothers and sister. According to the records, his mother lives in Henrico and his father lives in Richmond. Monday, The Post's first attempts to get in touch with his family failed.
The Shooting Happened on The School Bus
According to a tweet from the University's Office of Emergency Management, the gunfire happened in the parking lot on Culbreth Road, near the school's drama department, at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Ryan said the same thing and added that the school bus was full of students who were coming back from a girls' trip. It was a class trip to see a play in Washington, DC as a way to get more energy.
He further identified the victims as Chandler, a student in their second year from Virginia, Perry, a student in their fourth year from Miami, and Davis, a student in their third year from South Carolina.
Even though a search was started right away for the suspect, the students were told to “RUN HIDE FIGHT” and to find a safe place to hide. The emergency management officials also said that a thorough search was done at the spot earlier on Monday, with the help of several agencies and a Virginia State Police helicopter. The shelter-in-place order was only lifted after the whole place was well-searched.
The Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms, Alcohol, and Explosives also helped with the investigation.
After the firing was over, Ryan left a voicemail in which he said that as a leader, he never expected to be in a situation where he would have to say that violence had happened at the University of Virginia.
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Tributes To The Late Students
In a joint statement with Provost Ian Baucom, Ryam said that classes were canceled on Tuesday so that the remaining students could mourn the loss of their dear friends. The school also had counselors to help those who were traumatized by the events. So far as I
can tell, the students have asked their professors to be more lenient about their attendance and more flexible with their assignments.
The athletic director, Carla Williams, called the three players “Three Talented and Bright Young Men.” She also said that their bright futures were cut short on Sunday night.
She started her statement by saying that it was a hard day for our community. Since they are gone, we will never know what kind of impact they would have had on the world, but we will never forget the impact they had on us.
“D'Sean, Devin, and Lavel make me sad. “In the end, she said, “I pray for comfort, peace, and hope for their family and loved ones.”
Head football coach Tony Elliot said, “I can't find the words to describe how heartbroken and devastated our team is right now after what happened last night, when D'Sean, Lavel, and Devin died and two other players were hurt.”
“They were ambitious young men with promising futures. Our hearts are breaking for the families, friends, and classmates.”
Monday night, a prayer service was held at St. Paul's Memorial Church just for the dead.
Virginia government leader Glenn Youngkin said on Monday that he and his wife always pray for the UVA community. By the time the police find out who did it, he said, it would be better to “lift up the whole community in prayer.”