ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Two brothers gone too soon, is how family and loved ones describe the deaths of 34-year-old Antonio Jones and 16-year-old Christian. Orlando Police say the two were gunned down at 7:14 p.m. on Sunday night at the Stonebridge Reserve Condominiums in Metro West.
On Monday, more than 50 people gathered outside of the home of the mother of the two men, Stephanie Jones, to comfort her for her loss. Jones said she got a frantic call from her daughter, who was meeting her brothers at the complex to drop off a cell phone case to Christian.
"She said it's been a homicide and two people are dead, and she said, 'I don't know. I went down further and could see someone lying on the ground,' and she just said, 'I think it's my brother.'" Jones said she had just spoken to her younger boy. "I talked to my 16-year old at 6:22 p.m. Basically, he just wanted to know where I was and telling me they were getting ready to watch a game,"said Jones.
She said Christian was going to West Orange High School. "A great student, he made great grades," said Jones. Antonio was working as a promoter. "My son has a great heart."
With an 18-year age difference between her boys, Antonio was like a fatherly figure his little brother. Jones says Antonio also has two small children of his own. "My son was well known and well loved by many people, both of them."
Jones said she has no idea why anyone would want to murder her sons. "I want you to know, whoever did this, I'm pray to God that you be caught. I want you to know that you took a part of me away from me. My heart will be broken forever," Jones said.
If you have any information on these murders, you're asked to call the Orlando Police Department or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).