ROANOKE, Va. – Friends and family of a Roanoke man have questions and say they’re fighting for justice after he was found hanging behind a Roanoke business in late April.
The medical examiner in Roanoke ruled Israel Jackson’s death a suicide, however friends and family feel there is more to the story they aren’t being told.
Jackson’s family and friends, along with the family’s attorney, are holding a news conference at 5:30 p.m. on Monday to urge authorities to reopen the investigation.
A petition entitled “Justice for Israel Monte Jackson” had nearly 20,000 signatures as of 4:30 p.m. Monday. According to the petition, family and supporters want the Roanoke City Police Department to conduct a “complete and thorough investigation” into the “suspicious” circumstances surrounding Jackson’s death.