A memorial for five Red Bank children authorities say were slain by their father is likely to happen but may not be the plan that supporters suggest, Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall said Monday.
“We’re trying to move it forward,” he said after project advocates outlined their proposal to Town Council. “We want to make it happen, but let us work through it.”
A motorcycle enthusiasts club want to put up an outdoor sculpture of an angel surrounded by youngsters – dedicated to the children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. – as a memorial promoting attention to the fight against child abuse.
Members of Bikers Against Abusing Children hope to put the 10-foot-high granite sculpture in a town park sitting amid courts where family disputes often involving youngsters are decided.
“We need a home,” said Ron Clamp of Pelion, who designed the sculpture. “We need a champion that will step forward.”
But the project may need to be reshaped, MacDougall said.
There are questions such as its size and inclusion of what may be viewed as a religious figure in a public display that need to be resolved, he said.
It may take a few months to settle those after further discussion, he said.
Jones, 32, is accused of killing his children – Merah, 8; Elias, 7; Nahtahn, 6; Gabriel, 2; and Elaine, 1 – on Aug. 28 at the family home in Red Bank. The home is six miles south of where the proposed sculpture would stand.
It’s one of the largest mass killings in recent years in the Midlands.
Jones drove around the Southeast for more than a week before being stopped Sept. 6 at a traffic safety check in Raleigh, Miss., authorities have said.
The children’s bodies were found in plastic garbage bags Sept. 9 outside Camden, Ala., after Jones led investigators there, according to authorities.
Jones told investigators he believed his children planned to kill him and then “chop him up and feed him to the dogs,” according to an arrest warrant.