Vigil held for father of 3 gunned down on Hanks Drive

Fatal shooting at Hanks Drive

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Friends and family gathered Thursday night to remember Derrick Parish. Someone shot and killed him along Hanks Drive Monday, July 15.

Thursday, a vigil was held in his honor at the location where he died. Dozens showed their support for Parish. His family says he was a grandfather and a father of three, and knew how to get a laugh out of people. Police do not have any suspects in this case right now, but the family says they’re thankful for the outpouring of love from the community.

Vigil held to honor man killed in Hanks Drive shooting

“It means a great deal that everybody showed up, showed their support and we’re just going to keep praying to the Lord,” said Trae Wilson, Parish’s son.

Police have not named a suspect in this case. Anyone with information about Parish’s death should call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

BRPD says Parish was found in the 6000 block of Hanks Drive suffering from gunshot wounds around 2:30 a.m. Monday, July 15. Parish was living in Baton Rouge at the time of his death.

Man found shot on Hanks Drive; police searching for suspects
Derrick Wilford Parish
Derrick Wilford Parish (Source: Heather Parish)

The victim’s sister, Heather Parish, says this is the third family member she has lost to violent crime.

“A comedian. Always cracking jokes, everywhere he went he was the life of the party. He was good at sports in high school. He graduated, he went to Grambling for a few semesters. He didn’t graduate. He had three kids and three grand babies,” she said.

When asked what she would say to the person or persons who killed her brother, Heather responded:

“I’d like to tell them he was a human being. He could be they family laying on the ground shot up like an animal. When you take a life, it doesn’t just hurt the person you killed, it hurts the family left behind. The pain, his children, his grandchildren. Put down the guns."

Medical personnel say the man died from his injuries on the scene. Police say there’s no motive or suspects at this time.

An investigation is underway. Anyone with information about this shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

(Source: Heather Parish)

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