Family asks for help identifying shooter in murder of Little Rock woman

Suspicions surround homicide of 52-year-old Little Rock woman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock woman, 52-year-old Tamela Jones, was found dead behind an abandoned house, then just hours later, the home catches fire.

According to police, early Monday morning someone saw a body behind an abandoned house on Arch Street. The only witness to shooting said they heard gun shots the previous night, but didn't see a suspect.

Then, before the family’s planned candlelight vigil, the house caught fire.

But none of that stopped the family from seeking justice for Jones.

"I know somebody around here knows what happened," said Susan Gay-Jackson, Tamela Jones' first cousin. "I pass by here every morning and I always look up at my auntie's house. I'm always constantly calling my aunt about my cousin because I worry about her. Anybody would.

"For some reason, this morning when I passed by on my way to work, it was quiet up here. There wasn't any of them out here. They used to be sitting all around here. It was just quiet, so I went on to work. I was just so surprised, there wasn't anybody hanging out."

As Gay-Jackson drove by, in the back yard of the abandoned home, Jones' was dead.

When firefighters responded to the fire at the house later in the day, they didn't realize it was the same house where a homicide was committed.

"The fire marshal's office was out here earlier, they're going to be investigating this, trying to figure out what caused the fire," said Little Rock Fire Captain Edwin Woolfe.

The fire began around 4:00 p.m. and was put out within the hour. At 5:30 p.m., Jones' unwavering family held a candlelight vigil on the lawn of the vacant house.

"I know somebody knows something. It seems like people just don't have a conscience anymore," Gay-Jackson said.

Little Rock Police don’t have a suspect or a motive and Little Rock Fire is investigating the fire as well.

If you have any information on the shooting death of Tamela Jones, you are asked to contact the Little Rock Police Department.

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