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'It's not normal': Loved ones react to local barber's murder

Posted at 9:18 AM, Jan 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-10 21:05:09-05

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Life moves fast, and before you know it, it could end.

“He was living his life,” Ramsey De La Cruz, co-owner of Modern Barber and Beauty Institute said as he spoke about Rashawn Jones, a 26-year-old who was gunned down inside of his home on Southwest Parkway.

College Station Police are calling the incident a home invasion.

Rashawn Jones Crime Scene
Rashawn Jones Crime Scene

Jones came to De La Cruz earlier last year and asked about the programs they offer at his wife and his Institute.

“Our students are like our kids,” De La Cruz said, through his tears. “I can't fix it. I wish I could, I wish I could fix it for him, but I can't, I can't anymore.”

Jones wanted to be a barber and was working toward a quickly approaching graduation.

Jones Cutting Hair
Jones Cutting Hair

“He came in as a young man just trying to find himself,” De La Cruz admitted.

But his life was cut short.

“He had this contagious smile; you're going to smile while you’re around him,” said Dillion Lute, a close friend. “You're going to laugh.”

Lute was Jones’ own barber, and said he would come get his haircut, vent and make everyone around the two smile.

When Jones died, Lute traded in his clippers for paintbrushes.

Dillion Lute Photo of Rashawn
Dillion Lute's Photo of Rashawn

“A while back, I said I wasn't going to do any more portraits of anyone that was close to me, family or friends,” he said.

Aside from being a barber, Lute is an artist, painting portraits mainly.

He says he paints portraits of those who die, too, so that way their loved ones can have something to remember them by.

“It was heavy. It was really, extremely heavy,” he said, when talking about the process of painting Jones’ face twice on a canvas.

Each stroke, adding more detail to his vibrant friend.

“I wanted to be able to give some to his mom and some to his daughter,” he started. “That's my boy, man. That's my boy,” he ended, looking at the portrait with a slight smile.

That’s why Jones’ loved ones say take life one step at a time.

“Life is too short to hold grudges, life is too short to be mad at anybody, life is too short to feel some kind of way by others,” De La Cruz said. “Love one another, love everybody and I know everybody loved Rashawn.”

“It's crazy that [murder] is almost becoming the norm but it's not normal," Lute explained. "It doesn't hurt until this might be close to you, so before it gets close to you there needs to be some type of awareness going on.”

Dillion Lute is selling prints of his piece on his Facebook page.

There's a lunch benefit to help support the family on January 14, and a GoFundMe was set up to help cover funeral costs.

Benefit Lunch for Rashawn Jones
Benefit lunch for Rashawn Jones flyer

Here is who the police are still searching for:

Suspect in Rashawn Jones Case
Suspects in Rashawn Jones Case