Family and friends identify the man as J.J. Jones, also known as John Jones. He played for the New York Jets in the 1970's. His best friend, Leonard Elion, tells Q13 FOX News that Jones was one of the first three African-American quarterbacks in the NFL. He says Jones was third string when Joe Namath was the quarterback.
Fire officials continue to investigate this suspicious fire, which broke out around 2 am Thursday at a home at 5508 64th Avenue West in University Place. Fire crews say the flames were pouring out of the home and even lit some of the surrounding trees on fire. They quickly put out the flames.
Shortly after, sheriff's deputies found a man's body inside the house in the family room area. A woman's body was also found upstairs on the 2nd floor. Both victims have not yet been officially identified by authorities.
John Jones football card
Police detained Jones' nephew shortly after 9 am Thursday. He is being questioned.
According to court documents, a restraining order was filed against the 23-year-old man by his aunt (the victim). Authorities say he was acting in a threatening way with his pit bull outside the home. He fought with officers, who fired at him with a Taser and bean bags.
Due to the timing of the protection order being filed and this fire, authorities are calling this incident suspicious.
Court documents obtained by Q13 FOX News reveal a troubling home life for the woman who died. She wrote, "(Name of nephew) has threatened me very many times and is very defiant, disrespectful to me. It is the truth that I am a prisoner in my own home."
She urged, "Tell my nephew (name) to give me my computer bag and never to use my laptop computer or come to the house or take the dog or come and destroy my property and belongings."
She also urged him to participate in a mental health treatment program and to take his medicine. Family members confirm to Q13 FOX News that the man has a history of mental illness.
Family and friends say the male victim is from Tennessee. He moved to the area in the mid 1990's to help out his best friend. The female victim was from Uganda and moved to the U.S. in the 1970's.
Recent picture of the victim provided by family members
Family members identify the female victim as Rachel and say she was a very giving person who helped others. They released this picture of the victim.
According to family members, the male and female victims had a sibling-type relationship. Elion says, "John was a big help to Rachel. They were a fantastic team."
Elion says of Jones, "He was a motivator, he was an encourager, he was a very positive thinking kind of guy and he did whatever he could to assist and offer help."
"Right now, there's a feeling that none of this is real and that John is going to be coming up and walking around here pretty soon. I just don't want to accept the fact that that's not happening," says Elion.
The home is a total loss. Deputies continue to investigate.