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Tragedy hits Tennessee program

Posted on: August 19, 2009 3:46 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2009 3:51 pm

The father of Tennessee associate head coach Tony Jones was found dead this week in Detroit, the victim of an apparent murder.

He was 86.

According to police, Clarence Jones was gathering mail for an 84-year-old friend who had been hospitalized. While at the friend's home, he was robbed and ultimately beaten to death. Police discovered the body Tuesday afternoon.

No arrest has been made.

"Tony is distraught," said UT assistant Steve Forbes. "He and his Dad were really tight. They had just spent a whole week together. So this is tough, and it's been tough on all of us here lately."

To that point, consider that Forbes said those words while preparing to board a flight to Milwaukee, where he will attend Thursday's funeral for Lavelle Felton, the 29-year-old  former Louisiana Tech player who died last week from a gunshot wound to the head. According to police, Felton was driving away from a gas station when he was shot. He died two days later at a Milwaukee hospital.

No arrest has been made.

Forbes recruited Felton while an assistant at Louisiana Tech.
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Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2009 10:54 pm

Tragedy hits Tennessee program

This is sad.  Very sad.  I can only wish the family of Tony Jones peace as they go through this very difficult time.  The entire coaching staff interacts as if a family, so this has to be very tough for everyone.

Say a prayer for the Jones family.  Even if you don't pray.

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