'It's already been too long.' Family of Bridgeport homicide victim calls for justice on 2-year anniversary of death
The family of man killed in Bridgeport is asking for justice as they mark the two-year anniversary of his death.
Daron Jones, 31, of Bridgeport, was found on the front steps of a friend's house on Worth Street in Sept. 2020 with a gunshot wound to his chest.
A week after the shooting, police arrested Jarrel Baker. Police say he admitted to the shooting and apologized for it, according to the arrest warrant. Court records obtained by News 12 Connecticut show Baker was on probation at the time of the arrest.
"His legacy is just going to go on and on because he's just a great guy," says Daron Jones' father, Darryl Jones. "Great son, great kid. You know, no trouble or nothing like that."
Jones says his son was beloved by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
"And that's one reason why that guy got caught so quick – because the streets told on who did it to my son. It took them one week to find that guy. And when they found that guy, he admitted that he killed my son but he didn't mean to kill my son and he had the gun on him that he killed my son with," Darryl Jones said.
The victim's aunts told News 12 Connecticut their nephew was not just a son, uncle and father – he was a soulmate to his twin brother who will never again be the same. They called their nephew a hardworking dad.
"He was just a outgoing happy-go-lucky person where people flocked to him. He had a magnetic personality," said his aunt Janet Jones.
"Last time I went to court, they offered Jarrel Baker 40 years and he rejected the 40 years, so that means we're going to have to go to trial with this, and who knows how long that is going to take. It's already been too long," Darryl Jones said. "The murder cap for the State of Connecticut is 60 years. I would rather for him to get the whole 60 years."
The grieving father said no penalty will ever be enough.
"My son's going to be gone forever. I think he should be gone forever," Darryl Jones added.
"Some of the gun laws that we have already are under attack," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who met with the family to build awareness, he said, about legislative efforts to strengthen gun laws nationally.
“The story of this young man and this family's loss is powerful evidence that we need stronger laws, not weaker ones," Blumenthal said.
The family said they always thought Baker was a friend of their loved one and "a credible motive" for the murder has never been established.
Baker remains behind bars. A trial date has not yet been set.