The funeral service for 23-year-old Kenji Jones, an LGBT rights advocate and RYSE community center member who was fatally shot Aug. 2, is set to take place this morning.
The service begins at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2369 Barrett Ave. in Richmond.
Jones suffered a fatal gunshot wound in the 900 block of 8th Street about 9:30 p.m. and died two days later. The community is stunned by the killing, since Jones was not involved in a gang and wasn’t considered an at-risk youth.
No arrests have been made in connection with the case.
Jones was described as a ““vibrant energy that turned every hallway into a runway.” He became a RYSE member in 2008 and was a founding member of the center’s “alphabet soup” or LGBTQ group, RYSE co-founder Kanwarpal Dhaliwal told Bay City News.
“He was one of the young people who really helped to create, lead and implement Pride Month at RYSE,” Dhaliwal said. “Wherever he was, he really invoked a sense of safety and possibility.”
Jones’ family is seeking donations to cover funeral expenses through a gofundme.com account, which as of this morning has raised $1,040 out of $5,000.
Along with the gofundme.com account, the RYSE Center is also accepting checks on behalf of the family. Checks can be made payable to “RYSE Center” and in the memo please put “Kenji Memorial Fund.” Checks can be mailed to the RYSE Center c/o Kenji Jones Memorial Fund, 205 41st Street, Richmond, CA 94805.