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More than just a number: Arlington shooting victim was musician, man of strong faith

Third homicide in 24 hours investigated in Arlington

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in the 600 block of Rosarita Road in south Arlington.
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Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in the 600 block of Rosarita Road in south Arlington.

Juriah Fields’ death was the last in a string of three homicides that happened in Arlington from Sunday night to Monday afternoon.

But for his family and friends, the well-known local musician was more than just a number.

“My cousin was a recording artist who loved the art of music and a man of strong faith,” Shelby McQueen-Wyman said in an email to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We will carry on his vision.”

McQueen-Wyman shared one of Fields’ music videos with the newspaper. The song titled “Run It” was filmed in part outside of Fields’ high school, Mansfield Timberview High School.

“My life got me feeling alive ... you should have seen the road traveled just to get here,” the 29-year-old rapped. The song was posted to YouTube in 2017.

On Monday just before 4 p.m., Fields was found in the driveway of a home in the 600 block of Rosarita Road in Arlington with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Juriah Fields went by the name “Juriah Jones” professionally.

In a 2017 interview posted by 20/20 Visuals on YouTube, Fields talked about how he got into the music industry and his inspirations.

It was in his blood.

“My aunt is a gospel music artist,” he said. “My cousin was part of a group that used to open for Dru Hill back in the 90s.”

Fields started writing music when he was in elementary school and drew inspiration from the band Ready for the World, he said. The title of his EP released last year was even “Ready for the World.”

“I feel like I’m ready to show the world that I’m ready for anything that comes at me, anything that got to do with music, I can say that I’m ready for the world in the sense that I’m ready for what I’ve got,” he said.

Fields was born in Flint, Michigan, but moved to Arlington when he was 13.

“I’ve actually been in DFW longer than in Michigan, so I guess I’m a Texan now,” he said in the interview, laughing.

He then proclaimed his football fandom for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anyone with information about Fields’ death is asked to contact Arlington homicide detective Julia Hall at 817-459-5325.

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