Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Friday, March 17, 2017

DAKOTA JONES (MARCH 17, 1993 TO AUGUST 11, 2013)

            Let us remember Dakota Jones who was murdered by Scottie Thompson on August 11, 2013. Sadly, Thompson was a recidivist murderer who was paroled after his first murder. We hope Illinois one day will restore the death penalty.

            We will remember how he lived on this earth and not how he died.

Dakota C. Jones
(March 17, 1993 to August 11, 2013)

Dakota C. Jones was born in Los Angeles, California on March 17, 1993, to Eugene and Sharon Jones. He was the fourth of seven children born to this union. His paternal grandparents, Eugene Jones and Raymond McGull preceded him in death.

In 1995, Dakota moved with his family to East St. Louis, Illinois and attended District #189 Public Schools. In 2012, Dakota graduated from the GED Program and obtained employment with the CMMS Company of St. Louis, Missouri.

Dakota received his spiritual training at Gospel Feast Pentecostal Church. He, along with his siblings, attended Sunday School and Morning Worship Services. He really enjoyed the singing.

Dakota, fondly known as “Co-Co”, was notorious for telling funny jokes (to make laughter) and rapping. He also had a passion for cars. Dakota made a special effort to bring laughter into the lives of his family and friends. He took great pride in playing the role of “big brother” to his only sister, “baby girl” Brittany. He was a loving and devoted son and brother, and will be greatly missed by his entire family and friends.

Dakota departed this life on Sunday, August 11, 2013.

He leaves to cherish his memory: loving and devoted parents, Eugene and Sharon Jones; 5 brothers, Rodney & Raymon Roberts, Eugene Jr., Tevin and Kendal Jones; one sister, Brittany Jones, all of Cahokia, IL.; paternal grandparent, Imogene Jones, maternal grandparents; Jerry (Ruby) Jackson, Ella (Lyle) Thadison, of Chicago, IL; great-grandparents, Robert and Mattie Johnson of Washington Park, IL.; uncles, Adam & Allen Hampton, Timothy & Anthony Jackson, Lyndale & Raphael Roberts, Allen Bell, and Maurice Thadison; aunts, Yolanda Yarbrough, Patrice Jones, Vernitras Singleton, Sherry Roberts, Rockell Roberts, Shontavea Roberts, Laura Hunt, Adrienne Jackson, all of the Chicago-metro area; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.


On this date, March 17, 2007, Game Warden Justin Hurst of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas, was killed in the line of duty. Let us honor this fallen policeman and thank God, that justice was served, as the Cop Killer, James Garrett Freeman was executed on January 27, 2016.

Game Warden Justin Hurst
(End of Watch: Saturday, March 17, 2007)

Game Warden
Justin Hurst
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

End of Watch:
Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 34
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 1353
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 3/16/2007
Weapon: Rifle
Offender: Executed in 2016

Warden Justin Hurst was shot and killed by a suspect in Wharton County following a high speed pursuit on US Route 90-A.

The suspect had fled after he was approached by another warden who suspected him of illegally hunting from the roadside. Warden Hurst was called as backup, and he and officers from other agencies pursued the man through two counties. The man then exchanged shots with the officers, mortally wounding Warden Hurst.

Warden Hurst was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours the following day, his 34th birthday.

The killer was shot and wounded by sheriff's deputies during the exchange. He was taken into custody, charged with murder, and subsequently sentenced to death. He was executed on January 27th, 2016.

Warden Hurst graduated from the academy to become a warden in August of 2002. He is survived by his wife, 4-month-old son, parents, and brother.