The godson of a former Richmond city leader was killed in a shooting on Richmond’s southside over the weekend.

Former councilwoman Michelle Mosby told 8News Monday that 34-year-old Jacob Jones, who was found shot in a parking lot on the 6300 block of Jahnke Road Sunday morning, was her godson, “but really he was my son,” she said.

“I’ve known him since before he was born,” said Mosby, who previously served Richmond’s 9th District and later became the first African-American woman elected City Council president.

Michelle Mosby (right) and Jacob Jones (left)

Jones was discovered shot in a parking lot at around 2 a.m. in the 6300 block of Jahnke Road by RPD officers working an off-duty assignment in the area.

According to police, medical assistance was given but Jones died at the scene. A medical examiner is working to determine the exact cause of death. “I get in my car and I get there and I see him laid out in the parking lot.”

“I was in the bed and I got a phone call,” Mosby told 8News. “My goddaughter was screaming.”

Mosby and Jones’ cousin, Gregory Butler, said the father of two will be remembered as a kind and funny person who could light up any room.

“Jacob was a local superstar,” Butler said. “Jacob could make the darkest moment bright.”

Mosby added, “I’m going to miss my son. A lot … A lot.”

Michelle Mosby and Gregory Butler

Jones’ death was the first of three Richmond Police responded to during a 24-hour span on Sunday. All three investigations are ongoing.

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