Young mother shot and killed by estranged boyfriend

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, June 28, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---An 18-year-old is behind bars charged with murdering his girlfriend. Authorities say Jatavious Laron January shot and killed 18-year-old Samara Jones at her apartment.

It's believed that Jones and January argued before the shooting. What the argument was about is still under investigation.

January turned himself in to authorities a few hours after the shooting, but it's still unclear exactly why this homicide happened.

Cries and screams filled the air at Cedar Grove Apartments this afternoon as friends and family learned the news of Samara Jones' murder. They were all too upset to go on camera. Neighbors were speechless as well.

"Sad," said Elizabeth Luna, who lives across the street and was home at the time of the shooting. She says that she didn't know Jones, but says even so, something like this affects the whole community.

"That's something that made me feel like crying," she said.

According to investigators, Samara Jones and Jatavious January were in a relationship but were in the process of breaking up. January turned himself into authorities three hours after the shooting, and now investigators are questioning him as to what happened in the moments that led up to Jones' death.

But residents like Elizabeth Luna simply want the senseless shootings to end.

"We have to do something to stop that, you know," she said.

January has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm in commission of a crime. No word on whether bail will be set for him.

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  • by christian Location: augusta on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    i have never been so up set when i heard this had happen God bless the family amen
  • by jalen Location: augusta on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    its a year and not seenen you at church is heart broken
  • by CIERRA Location: AUGUSTA on Aug 21, 2008 at 08:25 AM
  • by Reka Location: Jackson on Jul 4, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    It is now a year later and the pain is still here like this happened yesterday! We love you Mara! Love Ty & Taj!
  • by kevin Location: augusta on Mar 5, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    we will really miss her. she will allways be my SONIC BOOM SISTER ALLWAYS LUV YA
  • by cc on Nov 20, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    that was my friend and people have to learn to forgive it was wrong and she'll always be missed she was my sonic boom sister at tw josey high
  • by Jenny Location: Augusta on Jul 2, 2007 at 07:49 PM
    I dont know Samara but i do know her aunt. Im sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
  • by Sidney Location: Columbus, Ga on Jul 2, 2007 at 04:54 PM
    Samara, I Love You and will miss you dearly. You are a special young lady. I never got the chance to tell you how you always brightened my days. To my family, I love you all and I pray that our loss does not impact us in a negative manner. Samara meant so much to so many people; so let's pray that the lord renews our strength and allow us to focus on the positive things that Samara represented. I am deeply saddened by such a reckless act. I love you, I miss you, forever, Sidney....
  • by Jamard Location: Virginia on Jul 2, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    Samara was my first cousin. We miss her deeply. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support.
  • by Mya Location: Augusta, GA on Jul 2, 2007 at 06:37 AM
    I had the pleasure of meeting Samara and her baby on several occasions. She was a sweet girl and will be sorely missed. My prayers are with her family in their time of bereavement.
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