- Associated Press - Sunday, November 1, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds gathered at a South Florida church to mourn Corey Jones, whose family said they were still trying to understand why he had been shot.

The funeral for the 31-year-old was held Saturday at Payne Chapel AME in West Palm Beach. The nearly four-hour service included a speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who said he was working to ensure that Jones’ death would be a catalyst for change.

Jones, who is black, was shot three times on October 18 in Palm Beach Gardens by an undercover officer as he waited for a tow truck for his stalled vehicle. The officer was also driving an unmarked patrol car and it’s unclear whether Jones knew he was an officer. The top prosecutor in the investigation said earlier this week that Jones didn’t fire any shots from his gun.

The shooting is being investigated by three law enforcement agencies.

Jones’ friends and relatives, many wearing Oakland Raiders hats or jerseys in honor of Jones’ favorite football team, shared stories about his sense of humor and his music. Jones played the drums in various bands and at his Boynton Beach church.



Delivering the eulogy, Apostle Sharon D. Walker of the Carriers of the Glory International Ministries in Tallahassee said the officer who shot Jones, 38-year-old Nouman Raja, could not hide from the Jones family supporters’ calls for justice.

Jones was laid to rest at Boynton Beach Memorial Park.

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