Former Denison football star murdered in Bryan Co.

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

CARTWRIGHT, OK - A former high school football star from Denison is dead after a shooting early this morning in Bryan County, Oklahoma. Authorities say 19-year-old former All-State running back D.J. Jones was murdered.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says agents were called to the scene in the 200 block of Trout Lane around 6 a.m. 19-year-old Dresean Jaron Jones was shot and killed in downtown Cartwright. Agents and local law enforcement are currently searching for three people believed to be involved. Agents are on scene investigating a motive for the shooting.

Jones was among the star-studded Class of 2010 that led Denison to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2009. He signed with Texas A&M, but was arrested for theft before he got to College Station. Jones had been in and out of jail since his high school football career ended.

Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman released this statement Friday afternoon on Jones' murder:

"I was notified this afternoon. He should be going to college and playing football somewhere. This is a tragic end to a talented young man's life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time."

D.J.'s mother said Friday her son was to enroll and play football this fall at Prairie View A&M University on an athletic scholarship.

The details surrounding Jones' death remain unclear.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Sunday, August 7th at 8:00 p.m. at Munson Stadium in Denison.

If you'd like to share a favorite memory of D.J., or a leave a thought for the Jones family, you can do so by leaving a comment below.


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  • by Sean on Oct 18, 2011 at 02:36 AM
    Rodger,if you would have read my past correctly i said!!IDIOTS WITH GUNS!!Your insight quiet frankly stinks in that you are finding death in every possible way!!!He was not killed by hands or knife he was killed by 1 idiot with a gun!!Thats the fact!!If you want a gun fine by me i own a few but be responsible and leave them at home locked away like a responsible gun owner!!!!
  • by Rodger Location: Colorado Springs, CO on Oct 15, 2011 at 09:57 PM
    #1 guns don't kill people if you use that logic everything would be illegal I could kill someone with a newspaper. That being said, Sean you may think they are the greatest people in the world and they may be I don't know them so I cant say. But I'm sick of guns being blamed for death. Not too long ago a man was bailed out of Bryan County Jail 2 days later was found in Lake Texoma beaten to death with a fire poker. I'm sure he would have rather been shot. You tree hugging anti-gun hippies need to step back and realize there are many people like me who carry a gun everywhere everyday locked and loaded and you people don't even know I have it. Without guns yes he would not have been shot, probably stabbed or beaten to death, or another fate worse than being shot. Poor choices are the problem not guns.
  • by Beast Location: Durant on Sep 8, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    This is how we do it in Oklahoma. Dis iz nuddin new we got murderes every day in Durant so it's no biggy. Durant area is a bad place to live so get it right or youll leave in a body bag.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Google his name!
  • by Sean Location: Denison on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    I know his whole family all the way down the line,best people you would ever know!Hard working,honest and to the bone God fearing people!!!This story is the same story happening all over America!!The whole fault here lies on the DAMM GUN that was used to kill this ypung man!!!!Without the gun it would have been a simple fight at which he problay would have kicked the S*** out of all of them!!!But a gun in the hand of 1 idiot has caused all this hurt,pain,blame,loss of a life not just 1 life but 3 or 4!!!A GUN,1 GUN IN THE HANDS OF 1 IDIOT!!!WITHOUT THIS GUN THIS WOULD HAVE NOT HAPPENED!!Just because someone is 18,19,20 does not make them grown,they are still children with growing minds!!!Tonya,Skip,and family i love you guys!!From the Dam!!!
  • by NORMAL GUY Location: WHITESBORO on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    I FEEL FOR HIS FAMILY, BUT VERY TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT HOW SPECIAL HE WAS IN FOOTBALL, MY DAUGHTER ASK WHY EVERYONE WAS SO SAD AND PUTTING HIM ON A PEDISTAL, BECAUSE ALL HE WAS IS A DRUG DEALER, SEEMS EVERYONE WOULD RATHER PUT A DRUG DEALER UP ON THE HIGH CHAIR INSTEAD OF OUR MILITARY FAMILIES, TO ME LIKE I SAY S FEEL FOR HIS FAMILY, BUT JUST ANOTHER DRUG DEALER OFF OF THE STREETS.
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      by kk on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to NORMAL GUY
      u obviously have no heart how would u feel if u got shot and someone basically said u didnt make anything out of ur self and u where a drug dealer that doesnt need any respect or doesnt need anyone to care for u ur jux mad cuz u aint got the pedistool or u aint in the high chair
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        by John Q on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM in reply to kk
        @kk: Listen up fool. DJ WAS a drug dealer and a thief. He does not DESERVE respect for that and the fact remains that he was well on his way to prison so he has no business being "placed on a pedestal". He is a kid with great athletic ability and a scholarship to a fine university and what did he do with this opportunity. Tossed it in the garbage to be a thug. Great career decision huh? If anyone needs our sympathy it's his mother. She didn't raise him to turn out this way. He made those choices himself.
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          by Bea on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:24 AM in reply to John Q
          And since you "John Q" have no heaven or hell to put anyone in, your opinion is just that "your opinion" we all have them. >>>>>>>>>> throwing a shoe at cha Amen! to Sean, a gun in 1 idiot's hand is evil
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          by Karyzma "KK" on May 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM in reply to John Q
          Exactly but no one is perfect. And I actually know him more than you do cause MY cousin JaQwaylin Arps was his bestfriend and he was still trying. Everyone makes mistakes okay he may not have madde the best choices in life but that give you no right to put him down and really calling me a fool? How old are you cause I'm 13 and I'm pretty sure your grown so thanks for disrespecting me too. You don't even know me and you probably don't know Dj or what he was going through so be quiet until you know the facts.
  • by anon on Aug 22, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    All favorite memories are not necessarily good memories
  • by Bea Location: Mayberry on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    At the end of this story it states "those that would like to post favorite memories of DJ are welcomed to do so" So to those that are tired, disgusted, and appalled at those that did, keep in mind that YOUR comments where not ask for.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to Bea
      SOME DO NOT ALWAYS REFLECT THE VIEWS OF OTHERS! ALL I KNOW IS THAT THE 84 CLASS IS THE BEST AND 1997-98 CLASS IS 2ND BY FAR!!!
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      by Clara on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:31 PM in reply to Bea
      Yes, Bea, in retrospect in appears pretty stupid to have made such a request in an open public forum for just anyone to comment. Especially since the only thing more appalling than some of the negative comments is the offensive way this young man's passing lead to a glorification of his life that was completely at odds with the facts. The importance of running fast in the Fall in Denison is really disturbing. Makes one wonder if this kid's story would have been any different were that not the case.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 03:55 PM in reply to Bea
      Sorry Bea, no man's life should be defined by one sliver of time. Character is the sum of all events and actions. Are you a Tiger Woods fan?
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        by Bea on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to
        No, I don't like golf, but I would not be one to throw the baby out with the wash, Tiger made mistakes, this young man made mistakes, his cost him his life, Tiger lost his marriage. As for their souls and hearts that God's business.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:51 AM in reply to Bea
          Do you suppose there are lessons for others in both sinarios? It seems the Bible is full of pitfalls to those who defy obdience. All is God's business and he takes care of things very well. Turn's out, with the gift of the Holy Spirit, he lives in all of us. I am unaware that he ever suggested we glorify men or their accomplishments. Humility and sober discernment are what we strive for. Have a great and glorious day!
  • by Denison Location: Alum on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    I am sad that he lost his life with the chance of a bright future, but the choices we make dictate our future. Also, he did NOT put Denison on the map....see the 1984 state champs, 96, 97 and 98 state runner up. Sorry but just saying!
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      by Denison Native on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:51 PM in reply to Denison
      Uh, what about the one of the greatest military leaders in history AND U.S. President born here? Or the pilot who heroically saved hundreds of lives when he landed a commercial aircraft in the Hudson River? There's more to Denison than high school football.
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        by T.RIDDICK on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to Denison Native
        THERE'S NOTHING MORE TO DENISON HIGH SCHOOL THAN FOOTBALL!!! SORRY, FORGET THE PRESIDENT AND THE PILOT, THEY DIDNT CARE ABOUT DENISON! DENISON IS FOOTBALL!!!
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        by kk on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to Denison Native
        but this is tradgic
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      by jackie on Aug 19, 2011 at 03:02 PM in reply to Denison
      I am so glad that you posted this!! To be honest I am very tired of this story and everyone acting like this boy was such a great Hero!!!!Denison was on the map a long time before he came along!!!!
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        by kk on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:09 PM in reply to jackie
        everyone continues to talk about this dead person if u lost ur life over a mistake would u want people saying bad things no he made mistakes no one is perfect bad choices wer made but that doesnt mean u guys have the right to do this
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:05 AM in reply to Denison
      YEP THE '84 CLASS WAS THE BEST, THEN THE CLASS OF 97-98
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        by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM in reply to
        YEAH IM SORRY TO SAY BUT CLASS OF 97-98 IS BY FAR THE BEST OVERALL CLASS OTHER THAN 84. CLASS OF 95-96 YOU ARE 3RD ALL-TIME
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      by kk on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to Denison
      but after 98 and stuff denison was sry till him and my cuz jaquaylin arps and dem came
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 at 04:43 AM
    There is human nature and spiritual nature. They oppose each other. Feeding the human nature provides fame, fortune, and power among men. Feeding the spiritual nature provides peace, joy, and good standing among men. It's a choice. One is exciting the other boring? To teach values is one thing, to learn values another. Our society has chosen to gorify man's inhumanity to man with fame, fortune, and power. The young are not confused! They are reacting to what they see, and they don't see any benefit in a value driven principled lifestyle. Dope, promiscuity, debt, all add up to pride, greed, and selfishness. We're in a pickle as the old saying goes! The ONLY solution I see is for adults to live and promote a value driven, principled lifestyle and ALWAYS speak (and vote) against those caught up in the ways of the world. Then let the chips fall where they may. There is peace available for those who don't conform or compromise values and principles.
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