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Friends, family say goodbye to local staff sergeant

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Krista Meeks-Jones Krista Meeks-Jones
MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Friends and family said goodbye Friday night to a member of the 180th Fighter Wing, Staff Sergeant Krista Meeks-Jones.

Jones was an airman, mother, and native of Whitehouse, Ohio. Those who knew her remember her as a woman who was always happy and smiling.

There is still confusion regarding Jones' death. She was found shot, dead insider her Fort Knox home. Her husband, Army Specialist Christopher Meeks-Jones died from a gunshot wound, as well. Authorities said the incident appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

"Still can't believe that this happened," said Jones' uncle Mark Dukett. "She's going to be well-missed by everybody."

This was the first murder on the Fort Knox base since 1993. Jones' two children were in the house at the time of the shooting, but both were unharmed.

The news has been shocking to the community, as well.

"I think it's very difficult when a life is taken so abrupt we don't have a chance to actually feel the entire impact," said Staff Sergeant Dayna Ellis, who knew Jones. "It'll take time for everyone, I feel, to kind of move on."

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