Loved ones honor man who died after police-involved shooting

Family members of Kareem Jones, the man killed last week in a police-involved shooting, held a vigil remembering his life Saturday. (WSYX/WTTE)

Dozens of family and friends gathered Saturday evening to honor the life of a man who died after a police-involved shooting.

A candlelight vigil, and prayer service was held on Schultz Avenue at the same location where 30-year old Kareem Ali Nadir Jones was shot July 7th.

He died three days later at Mount Carmel West Hospital.

Columbus police said problems began when they were patrolling the area and stopped to speak with Jones about an investigation.

Officers said they felt threatened by Jones, and that the situation escalated into a confrontation.

Police said they asked Jones to get on the ground several times, but witnesses say he allegedly refused, and two officers fired shots.

A gun was later recovered at the scene.

Detectives said the gun was stolen from another jurisdiction.

While Jones' family and friends have questions about how officers handled the case, they said Saturday's vigil was about peace and love.

"Just to be here, and to honor his memory, that means the world to us, that everyone came" said Marica Phipps, Jones' sister.

Some people wore t-shirts with Jones' face on the front to show support for his family.

"It was a life, and nobody has the right to take a life, and judge a life" said Marcy Bailey, Jones' mother.

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