Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a University of Virginia student, was arrested on Monday after allegedly killing three classmates and injuring two others.
The three victims were football players: Devin Chandler of Virginia Beach, Lavel “Tyler” Davis of South Carolina, and D’Sean Perry of Miami.
Jones was apprehended after a 12-hour manhunt and charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of felony use of a handgun.
Here’s what we know about Jones and his motivation for carrying out the deadly attack:
Jones, 22, is from Virginia. According to Virginia Sports, his hometown is Petersburg, a small city about 20 miles south of Richmond.
He also spent time in Henrico, a nearby Richmond suburb, where he was a member of the football team at Varina High School for three years.
According to the website, he earned honorable mention all-conference honors his freshman year and second-team honors the following two years.
Jones was a standout student: he was named Student of the Year by Varina his freshman and sophomore years, he was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, and he served as president of the Key Club and the Jobs for Virginia Grads Program.
He spent his senior year at Petersburg High School, playing linebacker and running back, Virginia Sports said.
Jones is the son of Margo Ellis and Christopher Jones Sr., according to Virginia Sports.
He has three siblings: Eliza, Darrius and Varian.
Records appear to show his mom is a resident of Henrico, while his father lives in Richmond.
Initial efforts by The Post to reach his family were unsuccessful Monday.
His football career
Virginia Sports reports Jones did not play for the University of Virginia football team in 2018.
According to school officials, he was no longer a member of the team and hadn’t been in “over a year.”
Police say all three people killed in the attack were football players, but no motive has been given.
Jones was also involved in a hazing incident in February 2021, according to university officials, who did not provide further details.