Jones grew up in Richmond and played football at UVa in 2018 but didn't appear in any games.
Christopher Darnell Jones of Richmond identified as University of Virginia shooting suspect
- Eric Kolenich
- 1 hr ago
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Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., the man identified by authorities as a suspect in a University of Virginia shooting that left three people dead and two injured, grew up in Richmond and got in fights in school after his father left, according to a 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch article. As of Monday morning, he was still at large.
The school's emergency management department described him as a Black male, wearing a burgundy jacket, blue jeans and red shoes. Police said he might be driving a black sports utility vehicle with Virginia plates TWX-3580. He was described as armed and dangerous, and the UVA community was directed to shelter in place.
According to the UVa athletic department website, Jones played football for the school in 2018 but didn't appear in any games.
He grew up in the Essex Village and Mosby Court housing complexes in Richmond, according to a 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch story. He was smart and quiet, a relative said.
“When I come into the classrooms, everything flowed,” Jones said at the time.
According to the story, Jones’ father left the family when he was little, and Jones got in fights at school, leading to suspensions. He played football at Varina and Petersburg High Schools and graduated from Petersburg in 2018.
He was a good student, and at the end of his senior year at Petersburg, he won a $2,500 scholarship from Richmond Sports Backers for his athletic and academic accomplishments. The school chose him as its top male student-athlete for annual scholarship program run by Sports Backers and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
According to the school's nomination blurb, Jones was the football team's MVP, captain of the track team, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of student council and president of the Key club.
He graduated with a 4.2 GPA, fifth in his class at Petersburg. When he graduated, he was interested in pursuing a degree in political science or business administration.