I am publishing this article on the first anniversary of Henri's murder. Since then, no new information has been released by the police. Efforts to contact his family for further insights into his life or updates on the case were unsuccessful. If you have any additional details about Henri or new information about the case, please reach out. Your input can help us provide a more complete tribute to Henri's life. Similar to the unsolved, motiveless murder of Jesika Tetlow in Baltimore just months earlier, this was another abrupt and violent crime lacking clear motives or leads.
In the early morning of Thanksgiving Day in 2022, a tragic event shook the Baltimore community. Henri Paul Jones, a promising 23-year-old, fell victim to violence, leaving a legacy of hope and unrealized potential that deeply impacted those around him.
Henri, a 2017 graduate of Towson High School and an aspiring electrician, was renowned for his infectious enthusiasm and zest for life. His journey from high school wrestling to achieving homeownership and professional success illustrated a young man full of dreams and ambition. His murder, a shocking and senseless act, sent waves of sorrow throughout Baltimore and beyond, affecting communities as far as Boston.
A resident of Baltimore’s Glen Oaks neighborhood, Henri was known for his vibrant energy and his ability to brighten any room with his smile. Born to William Warren Jones and Claudine Mae (Steisel) Jones, and raised in the historic Anneslie neighborhood with his sister, Monique Danielle Jones, Henri’s life was a tapestry of close family bonds and community connections.
At Towson High School, Henri channeled his energy into sports, particularly wrestling, which taught him discipline, teamwork, and resilience. Post-graduation, he achieved significant milestones, including purchasing a house with his sister in 2020 and graduating from electrician school. These accomplishments reflected his drive and determination.
Henri was not only a devoted godfather but also engaged to be married, a future abruptly ended by his untimely death. He had a deep connection to his family’s roots in Bretagne, France, where he would connect with his heritage at the family estate, a significant aspect of his identity.
Around 3 a.m. on November 24, 2022, a devastating incident occurred on the 100 block of North Lakewood Avenue, near Patterson Park, involving Henri Jones. After spending the early hours of Thanksgiving with former classmates at a social gathering, Henri was leaving to rest before attending a dinner at his best friend's house, who had also been at the event. As he was walking to his car, a dark-colored SUV suddenly pulled up. A person from the SUV abruptly got out and shockingly shot Henri in the back of the head at close range. After the attack, the assailant reportedly exclaimed, "Oh, shit!" before hurriedly getting back into the vehicle and driving away quickly.
A person close to Henri was quoted saying, "He was genuinely a good kid through and through. It's heartbreaking to see such things happen to innocent people." They mentioned that Henri seemed to have no conflicts with anyone and added, "His entire family and his fiancée are completely devastated by this loss."
The Baltimore Police Department, faced with little evidence and no clear suspects or motives, struggled to make sense of the crime. Their sole lead, a Ring video from the crime scene, unfortunately did not provide enough detail to identify the assailants. The unresolved nature of Henri's death, which was the 308th homicide in Baltimore that year, prompts questions about the patterns of urban violence in the city. It remains unclear whether his killing was a random act or a deliberate target. A year has passed since the incident, and there have been no new developments in the case.
Henri Jones’s life, marked by love, ambition, and deep community ties, was cut short, leaving a void in the hearts of those who knew him. His story is a somber reflection on the human impact of violence in urban areas.