Hundreds of friends and family members said goodbye Thursday night to two Charlotte women -- a mother and a grandmother -- killed by a suspected drunken driver.
Outside Next Level Church in Matthews, friends told Eyewitness News that Jennifer Hunt was a single mom who was devoted to her two daughters, just 10 and 5 years old.
Friends said the family is still devastated Thursday night, and also angry the man charged with her death had been charged with DWI before.
"It just goes to show that if people aren't prosecuted for breaking the law, and they're getting away with it, it's likely it's going to happen again," said family friend Grace Layden.
"Someone chose to do something senseless. And the family is paying for it," she added.
Justin Jones is charged with multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter, felony death by vehicle, DWI, and other charges.
Monroe police on Thursday night shared with Eyewitness News dash cam video from a DWI arrest from three years ago. The video shows Justin Jones being pulled over and arrested for DWI after failing field sobriety tests.
Monroe Police Captain Beth Greene said she's disappointed that a judge eventually dismissed the charge in the summer of 2011.
"It's always disheartening when something like that happens, yes. Our officers work very hard and diligently to try and prevent and take the drunk drivers off the road," she said.
On the dash cam video, Jones said he had four beers.
"His balance is off, and he would have had more to drink than four beers," Greene said.
"He's intoxicated?" asked Eyewitness News.
"He's intoxicated at this point, yes," Greene said.
After that January 2010 arrest, Jones was charged with DWI. The arresting officer, Tina Harkey, told Eyewitness News she appeared in court every time his case was brought before a judge, but the case was continued on multiple occasions.
In June 2011, Harkey said she never got a subpoena to appear in court, and the judge dismissed the case. Jones walked free.
"This was a good one," Greene said. "Everything is on video. The tests that he was asked to perform, he failed."
On Thursday night, more than 200 friends and family members said goodbye to Marie Crook and her daughter, Jennifer Hunt. Police said Jones was drunk when he slammed into their SUV the day after Christmas.
Hunt's two young daughters were also in the car, and they suffered minor injuries.
"The family is suffering. The children are alone," Layden said. "It's a devastating hit for the family. For everyone. I can't imagine anything more difficult."
Friends are outraged that Jones was able to get back behind the wheel -- allegedly drunk -- again.
"It makes me angry," Layden said. "Hopefully justice will be served this time."
Jones is still in jail. His bond hearing is scheduled for two weeks.