SLAIN STUDENT REMEMBERED
Less than 24 hours after Canarsie High School senior Frank Jones, 18, was shot and killed on May 10 by an unknown assailant on Flatlands Avenue off of Rockaway Parkway, nearly 300 mourners attended a candlelight vigil in his honor there.
Jones had just left a party on East 96th Street with a group of friends when someone fired at least seven times into his group, killing Jones and wounding one friend.
School authorities said Jones was a good student and that he was "on target" with high hopes of graduating next month. He planned to continue his education at Norfolk University in Virginia where he was recently accepted after attending Canarsie's 9th Annual College Retreat in March.
Janet Blom, assistant principal and secretary for guidance at the school, said, "Frank was well-liked by his teachers and his peers. He was a very respectful, intelligent young man with a great sense of humor. Whether with his silly actions or words, he always had a way of making you smile, even on your worst day!"
She quoted Juanita Figueira, a close friend of Jones, who said, " Frank was a leader, never a follower. He was a real, down-to-earth person who always thought positive, never negative. He always set goals and achieved them each day." She said he never liked to see his friends in the hallways "because he wanted each and every one to graduate on time.
"He was the guy," she added, "who couldn't wait to graduate and get out of Brooklyn to fulfill his dream."
Speaking for the "Canarsie High School family," Ms. Blom said, "Students and staff alike are in mourning. It is a shame to see another young life wasted due to anger in the streets of the neighborhood where you attend school and socialize with your friends.
"We at Canarsie High School want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Jones' Family and want them to know that he will always be in our thoughts and prayers."
She said the staff, along with the crisis counselors from the Department of Education have been comforting students during this time.
Anyone with information is asked to call the local detective squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. They specify that all calls are kept strictly confidemntial between the caller and authorities.