Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. told his father he was teased before the UVA shoot
The University of Virginia student, who is accused of killing three players on the college football team, reportedly told his father that some people “pecked at him” before Sunday night’s deadly shooting.
Christopher Darnell Jones Sr. shared the details of his latest conversation with son Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. in a Monday interview with NBC12.
“He was having some issues the last time I spoke to him. He said some people would tease him or whatever, he didn’t know how to deal with it and I just told him don’t give a damn and just go to school,” Jones Sr. recalled.
“He was really paranoid when I talked to him about something, but he didn’t tell me everything. He was a very sensitive young man.”
The father and son spoke about a month before Jones Jr. allegedly opened fire on a bus full of soccer players returning from a field trip to the Charlottesville campus.
Jones Jr. was arrested Monday morning after a 12-hour manhunt in Henrico and slapped with three counts of second-degree murder.
“I can’t believe it was him,” Jones Sr said. “I still can’t believe it now.”
The distraught father said he last saw his son when he came into his house to do laundry and appeared to be fine.
“When we finally got a chance to talk, he said there were some people there that were making his life difficult, but he was still upbeat and he was positive,” Jones Sr. said. “I don’t know what happened between then and now that caused this to happen.”
The accused shooter’s mother told NBC12 that when she spoke to her son on Sunday, there seemed nothing out of the ordinary and he appeared excited to celebrate his 23rd birthday on Thursday.
He added that he wished his son had called him about everything he was going through.
“Why did it have to come to this?” Jones Sr. questioned. “He could have called me … If he had called me on Saturday, maybe I could have talked him out of some things, hopefully.”
He described his son, who is now an accused murderer, as someone who was a friend to all and excelled at everything.
“He was everyone’s friend, everyone loved Chris and he had a movie star smile that he flashed,” he told the news channel.
The three students killed in the shooting have been identified as Devin Chandler of Virginia Beach, Lavel “Tyler” Davis of Dorchester, South Carolina, and D’Sean Perry of Miami, Florida. Two other students were injured.
Jones Sr. said he felt terrible for the victims and their families.
“I don’t know what to say other than I’m sorry on his behalf and I apologize. He’s not a bad boy. He really isn’t,” Jones Sr said. “I just don’t know what happened. I was not there. I don’t know what happened to cause all of this.”
Jones Jr. is being held at Henrico Prison.