Single Father Shot at Turlock Apartment Complex

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TURLOCK --

The family of a single father shot to death in Turlock Saturday is asking the community to come forward with information about his death.

Turlock Police were called to the 300 block of West Hawkeye Avenue at 9:45 p.m. Saturday for a report of a shooting. When they arrived at the Villas Parkside Apartments, they say they found 37-year-old Falane Jones lying in the parking lot with several gunshots wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

"That's just gonna put an empty hole in my heart, forever," Jones' mother Teresa said.

Teresa told FOX40 Falane was her first born son. She was pregnant with him when she was just 14 years old and said although she was just a young girl herself, he quickly became her pride and joy.

"He touched a lot of lives. He was loved by a lot of people. He was just a loveable guy. A goofball," Teresa said.

"For someone to just take his life like this, he didn't deserve this. We need answers," Jones' grandmother Lula said.

Jones' family said his main goal in life was to raise his nine-year-old daughter. They said he had no known enemies, and was only visiting the apartment complex to drop his uncle off before heading out to pick his daughter up. They said Jones' uncle ducked down when he heard the gunshots but did not see who was firing.

Neighbors who wished to remain anonymous told FOX40 off camera that a white car was seen driving away from the scene after the gunfire. They said people who might have more information were afraid to come forward. Others said they had talked to management and police about suspicious activity involving several neighbors before but nothing seemed to change.

Neighbors who did talk with FOX40 on camera said Jones' death saddened and scared everyone in the complex who came outside.

"We're scared. We're very scared, because we're wondering if the person who did this is gonna come back again. We don't know what's gonna happen next," a neighbor named Theresa said.

"We were outside still in the center row when we heard the gunshots, and we just ran and hid by a bush," a young girl named Cassidy said.

"We've been taking turns crying all day. One day one person cry all day, the next day the next person cry all day, so we're taking turns consoling each other," Jones' mother Teresa said.

If you have any information that can help police in their investigation, call Turlock police detective Tim Redd at: (209) 664-7325 or crime stopper at: (209) 521-4636. You can remain anonymous.