Jury selection begins at 9 a.m. today in the trial of Corey Jones, the 31-year-old property manager and skilled drummer who was shot and killed by Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja nearly four years ago.
Corey was shot at about 3 a.m. on October 18, 2015, along an I-95 exit ramp, on his way home from a band performance in Jupiter. His vehicle had broken down and he was awaiting roadside assistance when a plainclothes-dressed officer in an unmarked van drove up.
“We miss him,” said Sheila Banks, his maternal aunt/godmother. She and the family thank community members who stand with them, still, awaiting justice. Ms. Banks said members of other families from around the country who’ve lost loved ones in other high-profile killings will also be attending the trial, set to start sometime next week. It, like jury selection today, will be held at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach.
“When we’re in that courtroom, time and time again, and we see people there with us, it means a lot,” she said. “They know like we know: justice for Corey is justice for us.”
Ms. Banks, who is founder of the nonprofit Live To Serve, Live To Care, Inc., also wrote a heartfelt commentary about her nephew; read it here. And click here to read a simple, clear background story on the case. Pray for justice for Corey.