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Wake held, funeral scheduled Saturday for Corey Jones

Jones died after Palm Beach Gardens officer shot him several times


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A sad and somber day is how attorneys for the family of Corey Jones described the mood as people piled in Friday to the Payne Chapel in West Palm Beach.

"It's something they never thought would happen. Now it's here," Benjamin Crump said. "Nobody can understand this. Makes it more difficult."

Jones died after a Palm Beach Gardens officer shot him several times. His car had broken down on his way home when the undercover officer wearing plain clothes and a cap pulled over to investigate early in the morning.

Police said Jones had his gun on him, but it's unclear how things escalated or if the officer clearly identified himself.

The days that followed led to protests and rallies. Records show Jones was just waiting for a tow truck that night. He was a drummer in his church band and worked as a public housing inspector.

The officer involved, Nouman Raja, was conducting surveillance and didn't have his badge.

The investigation continues and the family has questions but attorneys said for now, Friday was about putting Jones to rest.

A wake was scheduled for Friday evening. The funeral is scheduled for noon Saturday at Payne Chapel AME of West Palm Beach.

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