Janice Jones gives thanks for her family in every prayer, but since Saturday morning her words have been choked by the loss of her youngest son.
“Our family will not be the same,” she said. “When I pray I thank God for my children, but now when I say it, there’s a hole there.”
Jones’ son Anthony King was shot to death in Harrisburg on Friday night in what the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office called a carjacking gone wrong.
Jones said King, who died just after his 30th birthday, was her baby, the youngest of four brothers and two sisters, and cared for his family with everything he had.
He was a funny, caring man who always referred to her as “pretty lady” and made sure he hugged every neck in a room before he left, Jones said.
He’d take time off from his work at Cheddar’s Casual Cafe to care for his autistic brother, Eric King, or Jones when she was sick, she said.
Jones called his death senseless and said she wants to see justice served.
“The only thing I really want to see come out of this is that those boys get what they deserve,” she said, referring to William Clark, 16, and Jeremiah Kelly, 15, who turned themselves in to Richmond County authorities Saturday and were charged with murder. “They did an adult crime; they should be tried as adults. I don’t want to see a slap on the wrist; I want to see the maximum.”
King’s death, Jones said, leaves an emptiness in her that she can’t imagine moving past, but she has her family and her faith to help her through.
“Anthony was a son, a brother and a father. I just wish I could have told him again that I love him; I wish I could have given him a big hug like he’d give me,” Jones said. “I can’t see this working out for good, but I have to stand on God’s word and believe that somehow it will.”