Family, Friends remember man killed in Kingston Ave. shooting

The family of Ricky Jones reflects on his life two days after he was shot and killed at an apartment on Kingston Avenue.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There is a picture of Ricky Jones smiling as he looks off into the distance, a glimpse of a son, a friend and a father snatched away by a bullet.

Metro Police responded to a shooting at an apartment complex on Kingston Avenue early Friday morning, where they found Jones, 29, and Delivia Carron, a 20-year old mother of a 6-month old son, shot to death.

"You just play it over and over, but you're hoping as you play it over, it's going to have a different ending," Jeannette Connor, Jones's aunt, said.

"We were hoping that it just wasn't our Ricky," Linda Thomas, Jones's aunt, said. "We were hoping that there was some mistake or it could be a prank."

"You feel it's never going to happen to anybody you know, someone that you care about," Evan Buyke, one of Jones's childhood friends, said.

Jones's family said the woman, Carron, was one of his friends that he was visiting.

"That friend called him and said, 'I got a problem.' He didn't think twice," Connor said. "He went. He's a hero."

That was the type of person Jones was, according to Buyke, always looking out for others. Buyke said he saw Ricky just days before his death.

"I went to Waffle House and he was there. We only spoke for five minutes," he said. "I didn't know that was the last time I'd see my friend."

Ricky leaves behind five children, whom family and friends said were the pride and joy of his life.

"Ricky was not a young man who was in trouble," Thomas said. "He was here with his children. He helped them get ready for school in the morning. He was that kind of dad."

"We still got a piece of Ricky through those five - those five kids. And they're in our lives and we're going to be in their lives," Connor said.

His family is now looking for answers, but they're also looking to get a message out this Easter weekend - one of healing for the families of the victims and the family of their killer.

"The only difference is they can see him again. We won't see our Ricky, and that family won't see that young lady," Connor said. "We have to forgive. We don't like what was done, but we have to forgive."

Metro Police is still looking for information in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact LMPD through the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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