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Shooting victim remembered as kind, sweet man
WICHITA, Kansas - People that knew the victim of a shooting Sunday night at a Wichita convenience store say he was a sweet, kind young man who suffered from a developmental disability that left him with the mentality of a young boy.
Jeffrey Michael Jones, 29, was fatally shot in the head shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday at the B&D Convenience Store at the corner of Hydraulic and Harry.
Workers there say Jones would walk to the store three or four times a day. They even had a stool set up near the counter for him to sit and hang out.
Jones was inside the store when a suspect entered with a gun. He apparently tried to talk the suspect out of robbing the store before he was fatally shot in the face.
"When this coward came in and threatened Michael, he did the only thing he knew how to do and that was at least interject some common sense into it," said Jones' step-father Randy Hall.
Jackson Bryant, 19, faces charges in Jones death.
"I think he's a coward," said Hall. "I think he's morally bankrupt because not only did he take the life of a very special young man but, you know what? He pretty much took the life out of several members of his family, too."
Hall says Jones was a huge wrestling fan and planned to fulfill a life-long dream with tickets to attend "WrestleMania 30" in New Orleans in April. Hall says Jones was marking the half days on his calendar anticipating the trip.