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WATCH: Family of Israel Jackson asks Roanoke leaders to reopen investigation

Jackson's death ruled suicide, but family feels there's more to story

Israel 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.
Israel 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. (WSLS)

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.

‘Something just doesn’t add up’: Roanoke man’s death ruled suicide, but family has suspicions

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.


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