Who was Jason Carl Fox?
Jason Fox was a gay teenager who was allegedly killed buried three to four feet underground with his hands tied behind his back in an isolated area on the south side of a property in Newport on October 4, last year. Now his mother Pepper Fox isn’t passively waiting for her son’s alleged killers to be brought to justice. She has taken to social media, sharing his story in a viral TikTok campaign with the hashtag #JusticeForJasonFox.
How old was Jason Fox?
Jason Fox was 19 years old at the time of death.
Jason Fox Wikipedia
On September 15, 2020, Mr. Jason sent a message to a person who lived with his aunt saying he would be at 22 Yergens “in case something happens to him.” That was the last time any of his family members heard from him, according to court documents.
An emergency ping was conducted on his phone, showing it was at the address he has provided in the message.
When Jason did not show up for two days following the message, two law enforcement officers went to the location to see if the missing teen was there. They spoke with Hillestad, Raddatz-Freeman, Merritt, and a woman who all lived at the location, documents said.
According to court records, they each gave a different account of when they had last seen Fox, ranging from two months prior to one week prior. All suspects later admitted to Fox being at the residence on Yergens on the morning of September 15, just after midnight, and none of them could explain why they lied.
Jason Fox Mother
It was later revealed by the victim’s mother that a meeting was organized between Jason and the accused killers. Jason questioned whether Hillestad was going to be at the meetup. “Is it fr [for real] real not Riley [Hillestad]?” the teen texted Merritt, according to Helfgott’s TikTok video. “
I wanna kick it, I just ain’t down for drama,” he had added.
Jason Fox Killed, Murdered
Merritt allegedly assured Jason that Hillestad wasn’t going to be there. Once Jason arrived at what was later discovered to be an “empty wedding venue,” Hillestad, allegedly, brutally kicked him to death. He also reportedly threatened others when they tried to stop him from kicking the victim.
Merritt told police Raddatz-Freeman got into an argument with Jason and he intervened because he thought Raddatz-Freeman was going to assault Jason, documents say. Merritt said he and Belding followed Fox off the property after the incident and when they got onto Highway 20, they went in different directions.
While parts of statements by Merritt and Raddatz-Freeman contradicted one another’s, they both reportedly accused Hillestad of being the main perpetrator.
Is Jason Fox Married?
No, he was not married to anyone.
Jason Fox Twitter, TikTok
Pepper Fox, began campaigning for him through videos on TikTok, where she now has 76,000 followers. A video from February went particularly viral, garnering attention from a number of LGBTQ activists such as Josh Helfgott, who has 3.2 million followers on TikTok.
“Hi, this is my attempt to get hold of Ellen Degeneres and Lady Gaga,” she says in the video, which has been viewed 547,000 times. “My 19-year-old son was brutally murdered in Newport, Washington, which is not a gay-friendly area,” she says, “And I’ve been getting a lot of hate from the families of the murderers.” She went into details about the trial, which is scheduled to start on April 5, which is just a couple of days after what would have been Fox’s 20th birthday.
“I decided to throw the first annual gay pride parade in honor of my son, and I’m in over my head,” she says. “And I need your help.”