The violence has to stop.
That was the one thing Tonora Jones said she wanted people to know before a memorial ceremony for her daughter Ta’Shuntis “Tootie” Roberts at Southwest High School in Macon Friday.
Roberts was killed last Sunday night when over 20 bullets were sprayed across the front of her home in the Bloomfield neighborhood of south Bibb County.
“The violence has to stop. Because innocent people are being hurt,” Jones said. “We really need to come together as a community and help these young people. It has to stop.”
Roberts’ homicide is one of a string of recent homicides in Macon-Bibb County that the Bibb County Sheriff’s office is investigating.
Tonora Jones remembered her daughter with her ninth grade classmates at Southwest High with a short ceremony and the release of a few dozen pink balloons. After they were released, the balloons flew past the half moon visible in the afternoon sky.
“You know this was my baby girl. She was loving, sweet, had a heart of gold,” Jones said. “It’s heartbreaking in all respects.”
Jones said that even given her heartbreak, she knew things were going to be OK.