Parents talk to FOX59 after teen was shot to death for laughing at man

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GARY, Ind. (Oct. 28, 2014)-- It's a shocking crime with ties to central Indiana.

Kaunda (left) and Starr (right) Jones.

Kaunda (left) and Starr (right) Jones.

Monday, prosecutors in Lake County charged Khanji Fairley, 30, with the murder of 13-year-old Kobe Jones. Investigators said Fairley shot Jones multiple times on the teen's porch in Gary, after Jones laughed about a burglary at Fairley's home.

The teen's father and stepmother live in Indianapolis.

Tuesday night, they told FOX59 that they're still wondering why a young life was taken over something so petty.

"He didn't deserve this. He didn't deserve this," said Starr Jones, Kobe's stepmother.

Kobe Jones

Kobe Jones

Four days after the killing of the 13-year-old, his father Kaunda and stepmother Starr try to stay strong, though they said it's nearly impossible.

"It hurts when somebody brings it up or asks about what happened," said Kaunda Jones, Kobe's father.

His son's murder happened Friday off Polk Street in Gary. Investigators said Khanji Fairley's home got broken into earlier that afternoon. A witness told detectives that Fairley tried to implicate Kobe Jones later, but the teenager just laughed it off.

Hours passed, then police said Fairley returned, ran up to Jones' porch, and shot the teen multiple times, killing him.

"My son was laughing at him, He didn't deserve this, " said Kaunda Jones.

"How are you that angry that you kill a 13-year-old boy?" said Starr Jones.

Khanji Fairley

Khanji Fairley

Kobe's family tells FOX59 the young man was just in Indianapolis, back on Oct. 5 for a birthday party. Now relatives in Indianapolis and Gary are planning the teen's funeral.

"He doesn't have insurance, so we're doing a lot of funding from different places to get help," said Kaunda Jones.

Kaunda and Starr Jones tell FOX59 they are also taking care of some of Kobe's mother's other children right now.

The family said they've set up a fund for funeral expenses at Chase Bank.

Powell/Coleman Funeral Home in Gary has charge. The funeral home told FOX59 they will accept donations on the family's behalf. Visitation for Kobe Jones will be Sunday, with the funeral on Monday.

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