Kelvin Jones is the only person positively identified as being at the scene of the assault of Trevor Godfrey.
Kelvin Jones was seen running from the area where my son was laying unconscious, bleeding and hurt. Kelvin, and 6-12 others with him, were laughing as they ran away.
Kelvin Jones rented the house at 1142 E. Elm in Springfield, Missouri. He lived next door to my son. Kelvin lived there with another student from Missouri State University named Emmanuel Chapman.
According to police reports, Two witnesses saw Kelvin Jones and others “run from the rear parking area to the front porch” of his house. A witness said “several in the group were laughing and giggling”
It was after 1 a.m, my son had been in his room when he heard a lot of noise from Kelvin Jones’ party and decided to move his car. His and other cars in the neighborhood had been vandalized after previous parties at the home of Jones.
My son was getting into his car when he was attacked and knocked unconscious. He does not remember anything about it. Photos and medical reports show he was subject to a lengthy and violent attack that included kicks to the face. According to the police report:
Tyler said that when he came back out of his house after being assaulted, he noticed in the group of subjects running away from where Godfrey had been struck was his neighbor Kelvin Jones.
He said he remembered asking Kelvin Jones about what was going on, but did not get a response. Tyler said he may not know who assaulted Trevor Godfrey, but he was certain Kelvin Jones was with the group that was in the same area of the attack at the time it occurred.
This was the second assault from people at that party. Thirty minutes before the mob attacked my son, Tyler was also punched in the head by people he can not identify.
“Do you play football?” they asked him.
When he said “No” that is when one of the group punched him in the head from behind.
Kelvin Jones has been uncooperative with police. He said he did not see anything, know anything, or know anyone who did know anything. Other people at the party said the police were profiling them because they were black. They also refused to cooperate.
Kelvin Jones works at the Cracker Barrel Country Store in Springfield. He is from St. Louis Taken from Facebook (“Im from St. Louis i was born and raised in Pine Lawn N**** What!?”). He attended Lutheran High School North.
According to his Facebook page, Kelvin is “Not a Fighter, But will Knock you the **** out.”
He was an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. His roommate, Emmanuel Chapman, was the president of the fraternity. Several members of Omega Psi Phi were also present at the party, as were members of the Missouri State University football team. Police reports indicate football players were drunk, disorderly, hostile and destructive.
Two months later, Jones was among 75 people to attend a rally to remember Trayvon Martin and demanded justice for the February 26, 2012 shooting death.
“We are not going to be quiet or remain silent for unfair treatment,” said one of the speakers, as quoted in the Springfield News-Leader.
Kelvin Jones was among at least two people from the party to attend this rally. He was interviewed by the Springfield NewsLeader and told the local paper “he experienced racism in Springfield.” Taken from the article-
“Jones said he was in front of the house he rents near campus teaching some black female students some dance moves, when a vehicle drove by with three whites, one of whom shouted a racial slur.”
“It’s something they feel comfortable saying when they are in a vehicle and they can get away,” Jones said.
“What we hope to accomplish is justice for Trayvon, No.1, and possible the elimination of racism in America,” he said.
We are hoping that Kelvin Jones’ commitment to justice will cause him to listen to the speaker who said they would “not remain silent for unfair treatment.”
It is time for us to tell Kelvin Jones and his friends we will not tolerate violence.
It is time for him to tell us why he and friends were laughing as they ran away from my son that was laying on the ground convulsing after the severe blow to his head.
Now would be good.
You can email me here: Sherry@JusticeinSpringfield.com