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Lions WR Jones says 6-month-old son died Friday
7:37 PM ET
  • Michael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer

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    • Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
    • Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Marlo Jones, the youngest son of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones and his wife, Jazmyn, died Friday.

Marlo was 6 months old.

“It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son ‘Marlito’ has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us,” Marvin Jones wrote in an Instagram post. “Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on Earth.

“You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you.”

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Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son “Marlito” has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us. Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you. We did not get the chance to hear your first words (It would’ve been in Spanish too) ☺️. We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday. We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings 👼🏽👼🏽

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Marlo is the youngest of five Jones children. Jones often posts videos of his children on social media and helps coach his oldest son in football during the offseason.

The Jones family splits its time between San Diego and Detroit.

“Marvin and Jazmyn embody the true meaning of family, and the example they set has made them an inspiration to so many in our community,” the Lions said in a statement released Saturday. “We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.”

The Jones family was at Ford Field on Sunday, and a moment of silence was held prior to the Packers-Lions game in Marlo’s memory.

Through the Lions, the Jones family has asked for privacy as it grieves. Jones, on injured reserve, will not play in the season finale Sunday against Green Bay with the Joneses on the sidelines.

Marvin Jones was spotted wiping away tears during the anthem and he hugged multiple people on the sideline before leaving the field with his family.

Many former and current Lions players and their wives reached out with support on Instagram.

“We did not get the chance to hear your first words (it would’ve been in Spanish too),” Jones wrote. “We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday. We know that everything that we do from here on out will be with you.

“Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, we will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you.”

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