Tiffany N. Jones was remembered warmly by family and friends for her love of children and holidays.
She was also known for her finely decorated cakes, creative arts and crafts, listening to music and dancing with carefree abandon.
“Tiffany was a sweet girl. She was tough and smart and would do anything for her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. She would always go above and beyond for them,” said her aunt, Rachel Hopper, a former Baltimore resident who now lives in Hanover, Pa.
“And she so loved her children. She enjoyed taking them to the Inner Harbor and other places,” Ms. Hopper said. “She so enjoyed being a mother.”
But the world that Ms. Jones had maintained for her two children, partner, and family would come to an abrupt and tragic end.
Ms. Jones, 29, was abducted on Aug. 21 at gunpoint by two men she had been seen arguing with in the rear of 3745 Potee St., according to Baltimore police.
“She was abducted at gunpoint while her husband and daughter looked on,” said Ashley Connelly of West Baltimore, a longtime close friend who lived with Ms. Jones until moving out last year.
Baltimore firefighters responding the next day to a blaze in the 3400 block of 7th St., found Ms. Jones’ body in the basement of a vacant Brooklyn home, police said.
“After the fire was extinguished, they located the body of an adult woman,” Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Skinner told The Baltimore Sun.
On Aug. 24, police charged Bobie Barncord, a 28-year-old Glen Burnie woman, with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, arson and reckless endangerment.
Charging documents also allege that Barncord and an unidentified male — who police said has the nickname “Philly”— killed Ms. Jones, “through trauma and by setting her body on fire.”
Ms. Jones is the city’s 190th homicide victim, police reported.
“No one is perfect and everyone has demons,” Ms. Connelly said. “But was it worth taking Tiffany’s life? Why?”
“Tiffany was a lovely woman, and if you were a drug user, she’d help you. She wanted them to stop taking drugs. The same if you were were a prostitute, she’d try and get you off the street,” said Tim “Timmy” Jones, her partner of 10 years, a disabled construction worker.
“She would buy them clothes and shoes and let them come in the house and take a shower and have a meal. She did lots of things for a lot of people,” he said. “She was a very loving person.”
“Tiffany would give you the shirt off her back,” Ms. Connelly said. “She’d help anybody.”
Tiffany Nicole Jones, who was the daughter of Glen Jones Sr. and Kelly Elliott, was born and raised in Baltimore and Fawn Grove, Pa., where she graduated from Kennard-Dale High School.
After high school, Ms. Jones returned to Baltimore and became a homemaker. She later worked part time decorating cakes at Berger’s Bakery in the Lexington Market.
“She was a good and talented worker,” said Mike Houvarvas, of Greektown, who manages the bakery. “It depended on how busy we were and we’d call her in. She worked maybe three days a week.”
“She was the breadwinner, and took care of Tim and her kids,” Ms. Connelly said.
At the time of her death, Ms. Jones was living on Maude Street in Brooklyn.
“She liked listening to music, dancing, hanging with her friends, but the most important thing was being with her children,” Ms. Hopper said.
“When I moved to Brooklyn seven years ago, she was the first person I met,” Ms. Connelly said. “She was the first person I allowed to watch my newborn and the only person I would allow to watch my children. We always understood each other.”
The two women and their children shared holidays together.
“We always had a Halloween party, a Mother’s Day cookout ,and enjoyed multiple Christmases with our children,” she said. “She’d make creamed-filled spider cupcakes for Halloween and last year, she made spiders out of Styrofoam balls with pipe cleaners for legs. She had the kids help her make them.”
The two women enjoyed going to various local karaoke venues together on a night out. “I sang, Tiffany didn’t,” Ms.Connelly said.
Ms. Jones, who was a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was active with the Baltimore Native American Center & Heritage Museum in Fells Point.
“She was very adamant about her Native American heritage,” Ms. Connelly said. “It was very important to her, and she even had a dream catcher tattoo.”
Ms. Jones yearned for a better life for her family.
“She wanted to get out of there and wanted a better life for her kids,” her aunt said.
Ms. Connelly says she is having trouble accepting that her close friend is gone.
“I still don’t think what happened to Tiffany is real. I just don’t believe it,” Ms.Connelly said. “I think it’ll finally hit me when it’s Halloween and we’d be planning and having our party.”
Plan for a celebration of Ms. Jones’ life to be held in September are incomplete.
In addition to her aunt, Ms. Jones is survived by a son, Trenton Collins, 10; her daughter, Tamara Jones,7; her father, Glen Jones Sr. of Hagerstown; her mother, Kelly Elliott of Freeland; paternal grandparents, Lynwood and Mary Bass of Baltimore; maternal grandparents, Eddie and Jackie Fite of Freeland; five brothers, Glen Jones Jr., Tyee Jones, Devin Jones, Nokomis Jones, all of Baltimore, and Chad McCartin of Freeland; four sisters, Diamond Jones, Adriana Jones, Tiana Rose Jones, all of Baltimore, and Chelsea McCartin of Freeland; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Baltimore Sun reporters Sarah Meehan, Talia Richman and Luke Broadwater contributed to this article.