Hundreds Mourn Corey Jones in Florida

Corey Jones, a well-known drummer in South Florida, was fatally shot by a plainclothes police officer after his car broke down on I-95 in Palm Beach. (Courtesy of heavy.com)
Corey Jones, a well-known drummer in South Florida, was fatally shot by a plainclothes police officer after his car broke down on I-95 in Palm Beach. (Courtesy of heavy.com)

Hundreds showed up to honor Corey Jones in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday after he was fatally shot on Oct. 18 by a plainclothes police officer.

The Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and Apostle Sharon Walker of Glory International Ministries in Tallahassee, Florida, delivered the eulogy, calling for justice at Payne Chapel AME Church.

Jones, 31, a public-housing inspector and part-time musician, was waiting for a tow truck about 3:15 a.m. when he was shot multiple times by Palm Beach Gardens Officer Nouman Raja. According to reports, Raja, 38, who was a new hire, apparently wasn’t qualified for his undercover surveillance assignment.

The family is requesting that the media respect its privacy during this period of mourning. Payne Chapel streamed the service live on its website, http://paynechapelamewpb.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made to the Corey Jones Memorial Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/justiceforcorey. Check donations may be made payable to the Estate of Corey Jones to Parks & Crump LLC, 240 N. Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301.

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