UVA Shooting Suspect: Who Is Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.?

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Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. is a former football player currently facing three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, UVA Police Chief Tim Longo said Monday, Nov. 14.

The shooting occurred on a bus filled with students who were returning from a field trip on Sunday evening, Nov. 13, 2022.

The shooting reportedly took place at around 22:30 (03:30 GMT) at a garage on Culbreth Road, on the university’s Charlottesville campus.

Those killed were identified as Devin Chandler, a second-year student from Virginia Beach, D’Sean Perry, a fourth-year student from Miami, Florida, and Lavel Davis, a third-year student from Rich Hill, South Carolina.

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was arrested “without incident” just before 11 a.m. in Henrico County, Virginia, according to authorities.


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Who Is Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.?

Surprisingly, Jones is currently enrolled as a student at UVA, where he was a member of the football team in 2018.

Standing at 1.75m tall, Jones hails from Petersburg, Virginia, where he played linebacker and running back at Petersburg High School during his senior year.

A look at his profile indicates that he is an academic genius.

In high school at Varina, Jones was awarded “Student of the Year” twice.

He also earned honorable mention all-conference as a freshman and second-team accolades as a sophomore and junior.

Jones was a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, president of Key Club and president of the Jobs for Virginia Grads Program.

He has three siblings.

Jones’ parents have been left saddened and shocked by the event.

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