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Distraught family calls for change after death of Tyshon Jones

Updated: March 14, 2021 06:52 PM
Created: March 14, 2021 06:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC )— Family, friends, and activists called for change on Sunday, a few days after the death of Tyshon Jones. 

Jones was shot dead on Wednesday outside the Open Door Mission where police say Jones was armed with a knife.

On Sunday, Spiritus Christi Church Reverend Myra Brown joined Tyshon's family to talk about the pain the family is going through after his death. Also joined by local activists, they said that Tyshon Jones was a religious man who enjoyed working at the church that he attended.

His mother Kennetha said that Tyshon was experiencing a mental health crisis over the past few weeks after the death of some members of his family, such as a grandmother. The pressure had become too much for him to handle, she said.

Ultimately, Tyshon's life would end on Wednesday when police were called in the early hours after employees at the Open Door Mission said Jones took a few knives. Body-cam video caught the encounter with Jones until the moment an officer fired his weapon several times, killing the 29-year-old. Sunday's press conference ultimately became a call for change in how police handle incidents such as this- and for outpourings of grief. 

"I want my son to come and walk through my door again," said his mother Kennetha Short. "My son was struggling with the loss of matriarchs in his family, he was struggling, he was crying out for pain. He was crying out. And he will never, ever walk through my door again."

Funeral services are scheduled for Jones later this week. 

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