WATCH: Church Drummer Corey Jones, Who Was Shot and Killed by Florida Police Officer, Was Tye Tribbett’s Cousin; Free Admission “iHope” Concert Planned

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The loss of church drummer Corey Jones, cousin of artist recording artist Tye Tribbett, is moving the Grammy winner into action

Corey Jones, the drummer killed on his way home from a concert gig in Florida, was gospel recording artist Tye Tribbett’s cousin.

Now the Grammy Award winner is using his musical platform to honor his loved one and speak out against injustice with a free admission “iHope” concert.

The no cost event takes place Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 PM at The Faith Center in Sunrise, FL.

“Hit home this time,” an emotional Tribbett recently wrote on Instagram. “They killed my cousin. Please pray for my family as we’ve YET to receive answers.”

The victim, Jones, 31, a public-housing inspector and part-time musician, was waiting for a tow truck about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 18 when he was shot multiple times by Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja.

Palm Beach Gardens chief Stephen Stepp said Raja, 38, told them he was “suddenly confronted by an armed subject” and fatally shot Jones.

Jones was licensed to carry a concealed gun and likely never knew he was being confronted by a police officer, said Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney who has represented the families of several slain African-Americans including Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Raja, who pulled up in an unmarked van and got out wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a ball cap, never displayed his badge, Crump said last week after Florida’s 15th judicial circuit state attorney briefed him and the Jones family.

Chief Stepp told reporters last week that Raja, who was in his sixth month with the department, had been conducting surveillance on suspected burglaries.

But the department’s written procedures, obtained by Yahoo News through the Florida open records law, require that surveillance operations be carried out by tactical officers or detectives. As a new hire, Raja was still on probationary status and assigned to patrol. Nothing in his personnel file indicates other duties.

The family is still awaiting answers and Jones’ death continues the ongoing national cries for an end to police abuse of power.

Tribbett wrote on Instagram, “I just wish I woulda texted you more, called you more, checked on you more Cuzzo. I’m sorry.”

The 39-year-old added hashtags, “#thisMUSTstop,” “#justice4corey,” and “#justiceorelse.”

 

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SOURCE: EEW Magazine
Carol Jackson