Father and Son shot to death in their home


Javarie and Joe Robertson

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TOONE, Tenn.-- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating a father and son killed in Toone. Toone is small community in Hardeman County, an hour and a half outside of Memphis.

The TBI said Joe Dandrea Robertson, known as Joe Duke, and his son; 13-year-old Jarvarrie Robertson were shot to death in a home on Naylor Road.

The shooting was reported to Hardeman County deputies around 7:30 Friday morning.

The TBI said A five-year-old girl and newborn girl were able to escape but right now it's unclear who called 911 and how they got away. TBI agents and forensic scientists from Memphis were called to assist in the investigation at the request of the Hardeman County District Attorney.

The TBI said so far they do not have a suspect in custody and have not named a motive. Last check it was unclear if anything had been stolen from the home as well.

TBI person spokesperson, Josh DeVine, said JoJo's mother had dropped him off at the house before she went to work. Joe Duke's current girlfriend had already left for work when the shots rang out.

Friday night, more than nine hours after the shooting was reported TBI agents were still examining the home in the 2500 block.

From a distance dozens of family, friends and neighbors watched the investigation unfold.

Adrienne Jones received the crushing news her nephew Joe Duke and his son JoJo were killed.

"My first response was 'no.'"

On Friday Jones gathered with the dozens of family members, friends, and fellow church members. Jones said she has no idea why the family would be targeted.

"I didn't know him to try to pick with anybody and start any trouble so I was angry about his death."

Jones' heart, broken at by the loss of young JoJo.

"The flesh part of me says that he has so much more to give us and share with the world and that was snatched away," she said.

JoJo went to Toone Elementary.

"Smart, honor roll student," she said.

He loved science, basketball and loved to sing in the church choir.

"He was a lively spirit! He was bold, he was a lover of God and a lover of people.

The TBI said they need the community to help catch who is responsible for destroying this family and tight knit community.

"The smallest puzzle piece might just help us out this entire thing together and help us bring closure and justice to this family," said spokesperson Josh DeVine.

If you have information call 1-800-TBI-FIND.


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