He confirmed a "homicide investigation" was under way and CCTV footage of a suspect was released to the media.
John Parkinson, treasurer of Tarleton Corinthians who Mr Jones used to play for, said everyone knew him as "Jonesy".
He said: "We are trying to come to terms with it. He was a genuine lad, no trouble. He was not a lad who would look for trouble or anything like that. He is not the sort of lad that would be up to no good...it's a big shock to us. We are stunned."
Mr Parkinson said his wife Betty, who is the chair of the club, had been to see his parents and that they were "in a state of shock".
He said Mr Jones had been with the senior team from the age of 17 until he went to the US on a scholarship.