Brian “Neil” Jones was a 33-year-old husband and software engineer with three children when he was killed in November 2005 in an apparently unprovoked shooting. The Y fundraising page said Jones inspired hundreds of young men while he volunteer-coached at Cardinal Gibbons.
His family vowed to forgive Alvin Augustus Williams, the man who was convicted of killing him. "The only way I can live my life each day without the idea of wanting to do something to this guy because he's done something to you, the only way I can do that is to forgive him," said Gerald Jones to The Baltimore Sun in 2007.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore closed the high school in the Morrell Park neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore in 2010. It was among more than a dozen schools closed due to sagging enrollment and high costs.
The renovation is part of a $16 million campaign to make improvements to the Druid Hill and Weinberg Ys and create the new center on the site of Cardinal Gibbons, according to a posting on the Y’s website.