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Saturday, March 10, 2012

In Memory of Evertonian Andrew Jones


Today, 10th March, marks the 9th anniversary of the death of Andrew Jones who was walking along Hanover Street on his way home after a night out when he was attacked, for no reason, by a gang of six males and four females. No one, so far, has ever been brought to justice for his murder.

Andrew was born on 2nd April 1984. He attended Florence Melly infants and junior school and later went on to Anfield Comprehensive. He was a fanatical Everton supporter, although he had a lot of respect for other teams; he went to Anfield after the Hillsborough disaster and insisted on putting his Everton scarf along with all the other tributes people had left.

Andrew was attacked at the junction of Hanover Street and Gradwell Street in Liverpool’s city centre. He was walking along, minding his own business, when the group of six men and at least four women walked passed him. Accidently bumping into one of them, he said sorry and carried on walking.

This was not good enough for them and they decided to follow him back down the street hurling abuse and threatening him. Obviously, being alone he would not have been able to defend himself. While his head was turned away one of them swung a punch at him so hard it broke his jaw and he fell back and hit his head on the pavement, so hard it fractured his skull and his head started pouring with blood almost immediately. While he was on the ground, one of them decided to give him a kick while he lay dying.

The parallels with the deaths of Andrew and fellow Evertonian and colleague A.J. Clark are uncanny. AJ’s family finally obtained closure when his killer was brought to justice last year. KEIOC join Andrew’s family in the hope that justice can also be done over the people responsible for Andrew’s tragically premature death.

RIP Andrew.
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