Teens charged in death, kidnapping of Union City man

Teens charged in Union City murder

UNION CITY, Ga. – Police have arrested two teens in connection with the death of a Union City man reported missing earlier this month.

16-year old Stephen Crowe and Malik Mayer, 19, have been charged with murder, financial card fraud and theft, and kidnapping.

Police found Lester Roy Jones’ body in Union City not far from where he disappeared a week before while running an errand. 

It was just a few days before when some men driving the car Jones had been driving pulled up to an ATM in Union City and tried to use the bank card his roommate had lent him previously.

Now, police said the car was found in Illinois telling Jones's family that police there pursued it and the driver wrecked.  From there, police took several people into custody.

"I can't understand how anyone could even do that to him," his cousin, Kayla Mayorga said.

Mayorga who was in Louisiana sent in a photo of Jones with his daughter Greenlee. They were close, she said.

Jones was disabled due to being shot by a burglar as a teenager.  He lived with his roommate Patrick McDonald in Union City.

"He had a heart of gold and he cared for so many people," McDonald said. "He would give anybody the shirt off of his back."

The suspects may face more charges from Illinois in the coming days.

Jones' body will be transported back to Picayune, Miss, and he will be buried next to his grandmother who raised him. Friends said he called her "mom" and that she was the most important person to him in his life.

A GoFundMe page has been established by friends to help pay for Jones' cremation and funeral costs. Click here to donate. 


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