Parents offer reward to find son's killers

May 09, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

The parents of a Bangor, Maine, native slain in a Baltimore mugging nearly six months ago have offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who can lead police to their son's killers.

Police believe Laurence A. Jones Jr., 24, was shot Nov. 20 by a pair of drug addicts who had been committing robberies to support their habits. Although detectives have located three eyewitnesses to the crime, they have been unable to get a key break in the case.

"The police need help. And we need to know who did this to our only son," said Laurence Jones' mother, Yong Jones. "As a mother I cannot live with the idea that my son's soul is roaming, wandering, waiting for the killer to be caught. I can't live with it. It's all I've thought about for months and months."

Mr. Jones was shot in the left eye about 3 a.m. as he was returning to his East Baltimore apartment after a night of drinking at several Fells Point bars. He died after collapsing in the 1400 block of Bank St., just one door from his home.

His gold ring and wallet are believed to have been taken by the killers, police said.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, Mr. Jones had moved to Baltimore three months earlier in the hope of

enrolling in Johns Hopkins' graduate psychology program.

"Larry was so young and so full of promise," Mrs. Jones wrote in a letter last month to Baltimore police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier. "In just one short moment, all of his hopes and dreams were over. I cannot express to you in words the pain that this senseless act has caused me and my husband."

Mrs. Jones, who lives with her husband in Bangor, has gotten help from a Maine congresswoman, Olympia J. Snowe, who also wrote in April to the police commissioner. The congresswoman urged Mr. Frazier to keep the investigation going strong.

"In the weeks following Larry's death, his grief-stricken parents visited my office to express their hope that the investigation into this case would proceed swiftly," she wrote. "Yong Jones recently contacted me again. . . . She is worried that the investigation is no longer a priority."

But police stressed that the case is still being pursued aggressively. The lead investigator, Donald K. Ossmus, and police spokesman Doug Price said detectives have worked overtime on the case and have come up with leads but nothing that identifies the killers.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call the homicide unit at 396-2100 or Metro Crimestoppers at 276-8888.

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