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West Toledo father speaks out after losing two children to a brutal attack

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A west Toledo father is mourning the loss of his two children after they were brutally attacked last month.

Back in August, 14-year-old Johnny Jones, 16-year-old Joselyn Jones and their mother, 36-year-old Josie Thomas, were attacked and stabbed at their home on Alcott in west Toledo. 

Johnny died from his injuries on the day of the incident. Joselyn died on September 1. Their mother Josie has recovered from her injuries and is back at home.

Thursday a vigil was held to honor the memory of little Johnny and Joselyn. WTOL 11 was the first to talk to their father about the enormous loss. 

Johnny Jones Jr. says he has been clinging to his faith to get through and is appreciative of the communities support. 

"The turnout was very awesome. I'm very grateful for the support, all the love. I just love the support," said Jones Jr. 

"We going to miss her. She was just an outgoing, fun person, willing to help anybody. It's just basically time to stop all the violence," said Misha Wainwright, friend of Joselyn and Johnny. 

Joselyn and Johnny's father says the two loved their family and friends and wouldn't hurt anyone.

"They were not the violent type. They were just good decent wholesome kids," said  

“Thank god and be glad because he did good, his kids were excellent. And I thank you for all for your kindness,” said Johnny Jones Sr., Johnny and Joselyn’s grandfather.

And along with the tears and memories, those at the vigil made a plea to stop the violence. 

“I don’t want any other little girls and little boys to go through something like this with a boyfriend - domestic violence. I don’t want the violence in the city. Tell somebody, if someone's pushing you around, tell a grownup, a parent, tell a teacher, a principal, tell the police, call the police, tell them so they know,” said Jones Jr. 

Now Jones Jr. is finding comfort in pictures of Johnny and Joselyn, as well as his faith, the communities support and family.

The Start High School football team will be wearing ribbons Friday at their games against Anthony Wayne to honor Joselyn. 

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