Family Fights to Preserve Brother’s Legacy

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  • Patricia Jones describes her late brother John Butts as a humble man who loved Christ and was eager to share his testimony.

    John Butts was killed on July 22 by three white teens while he walked along Highway 310 in Como, Mississippi. FBI investigators suspect that John was racial targeted by the teens who allegedly robbed a church prior to killing him.

    John’s family said that he was an avid walker and was determined to stay healthy by exercising.

    “He was walking for health. He’s been doing it for years, “said Jones.

    Several years ago, John was involved in a train accident in which his injuries helped doctors discover that he had colon cancer.

    Jones told that her brother’s story made a positive impact in the lives of others.

    “It didn’t matter who it was. He did not mind sharing his story, you know what God has done for him,” Jones said. “He was always willing to help.”

    Matthew Whitten Darby, 17, has been charged with John’s murder after the other teen passengers allegedly turned him in.

    Jones explained that since her brother’s death, there has been a void in her life.

    “It seems like I’ve lost something and I just can’t find it. It seems unreal,” Jones said. “My brother played a big part in my life. He just took care of us and I wish we could have taken care of him.”

    Jones said that when her family entered her brother’s home shortly after the incident they found that he had his clothes prepared to go to church. He was expected to teach Sunday school that particular day.              

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