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2010 - June 8 - Don Jones, husband, father of two and a popular tenor with the
Washington National Opera is found shot to death in Fort Dupont
Park (off Minnesota Avenue in Southeast D.C.) D.C. police say
Jones was found shot next to his green Ford Taurus near picnic
tables in the park. Police have no motives or suspects at this
time. Jones was found without any identification, delaying the
notification to his family.
Don Jones performed for 14 years. He donned the role of
the crab man in Porby and Bess (Kennedy Center).
Don and Placido Domingo performed together.
Jones’s own solo singing engagements included singing
in "The Temptation of St. Anthony" and an appearance in
Scott Joplin’s “Treemonisha."
Charita Jones (wife of Don) "They will find out who did this. After 10 years of
marriage, it is a painful and tragic end for a man with an angelic voice and a
beaming smile. "This great man with this great voice. Where did he come from?
This is not something you hear every day. This voice is a voice I've never heard
before. It's different from all other voices. That voice did something to you from
the inside out. It was an inward emotion that soothed your hurting and pain.
Don and Charita have recently completed the adoption of two three-month-old
babies. "I have two children who no longer have a father. Nieces and nephews
who don't have an uncle, who they adored. A mother who is hurting,"
He sang solo at the funeral of Coretta Scott King.
"It was like the greatest thing in the whole wide world. When he
got the call, he said I can't breathe. Charita, I just can't breathe,"
"I miss him. He was the apple of my eye and my life. It's very hard. It's the
hardest thing I've ever experienced. Ever. The hardest thing I've ever had to
feel in my heart,"