DETROIT – A deadly shooting on Thanksgiving morning has left a family shattered. They’re now pleading for answers and to get a killer behind bars.
The Detroit Police Department is still searching for the person who pulled the trigger and is investigating whether the stolen dogs are connected.
Parnell’s girlfriend, who wishes to stay anonymous, spoke about the moments before her longtime boyfriend was killed.
“He got dressed,” said the girlfriend. “He gave me and the baby a kiss on our forehead before he left and told us Happy Thanksgiving and how thankful he was for us.”
She says he was heading to his father’s house to pick up some hair clippers, and then 15 minutes later, she got a call from his sisters saying he was shot.
Her first instinct was to head there.
“I was the first one on the scene,” the girlfriend said. “I saw the police tape up, I saw his car, and I just saw him laying on the ground, and that was at nine o’clock in the morning, eight o’clock in the morning.”
The shooting happened two days before their son’s first birthday.
“He went to work every day,” she said. “He had a real job. He was a construction worker and a laborer. He worked 10 hours a day. He was never involved in anything illegal. He went to work, came home, and took care of his family. It’s been very hard. Every time I look at my son, I just want to bust out in tears.”
She believes Parnell’s murder could be linked to their missing one-year-old English Bulldog, Nova, and nine-month-old French Bulldog, Calley. The dogs were out two days before the shooting, but Parnell got word they were actually stolen.
Now the search is on for those dogs and his killer.
“The person who did this needs to come forward,” she said. “His family deserves that justice. His mom deserves that, his dad deserves that, his sisters deserve that, his son deserves that.”
Anyone with information should contact the Detroit Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-up.
All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Click here to submit a tip online.
Pictures of Parnell Jr., and his dogs can be found below: