CLEVELAND, Ohio --
It’s been 10 years since Call For Action volunteer Fran Jones was gunned down in her own driveway near East 106th and Union on Cleveland’s southeast side. No one has ever been held accountable for her death.
“She was the head of the family,” said her grandson, Garey Thomas. “And she was, like, what kept everyone together.”
Thomas and the rest of Jones’ relatives said they won’t rest until they know why the matriarch of their family had to die at the side door of her home with dinner still warm in her hand.
“We are still grieving, and we can never get closure because the killer or killers are walking the streets like nothing ever happened,” said Jones’ daughter Pam Taylor.
The family believes they know who was responsible for the murder on February 4, 2002. Taylor told Fox 8 News on the fifth anniversary of the killing that her son was dealing drugs at the time of Jones’ death. She believes he may have stashed something in his grandmother’s basement without telling her. When police arrived the night of the shooting, they found a hidden room in Jones’ basement torn apart. No other room in the house was touched. The family believes people with knowledge of the grandson’s stash may have broken in, and were surprised by Jones as they were leaving her house.
“Once she was killed, things just wasn’t right,” said an emotional Thomas. He was 13 when his grandmother was killed.
Jones had worked late at the Fox 8 studios that night, helping with a Call for Action phone bank. She was a longtime volunteer and tireless defender of consumer rights. She was also an ever present force in her Cleveland neighborhood, standing up to drug dealers and thieves who sometimes threatened her neighbors.
Cleveland police told Fox 8 News on the fifth anniversary of Jones’ murder they didn’t have the critical piece of evidence they needed to bring Jones’ killer or killers to justice. Anyone with information is asked to give them a call.