Woman Mourns Loss of Stepson in Little Rock’s Latest Killing


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Saturday’s fatal shooting bringing the total numbers of homicides in Little Rock this year to 28, according to LRPD.

The most recent was a 71-year-old man shot and  killed on Dreher Lane.The victim’s step mother was devastated and said it was senseless act of crime. Betty Parker didn’t expect this is how her stepson’s life would end.

“I tried to call him and his roommate called me back and said he had been shot in the lower abdomen,” Parker said.

She lives on Dreher Lane and said this isn’t the first shooting she’s ever heard.

“There were 9 gunshots last night and I called them in,” Parker said.

Less than 24 hours later Parker said a second shooting happened leaving her family member dead.

“I heard 3 gunshots and and it sounded like they came from the apartments,” Parker said.

Parker said her stepson was watching TV when it all happened.

“It came either through the window or the wall on the other side of the house,” Parker said.

“It’s most definitely a sad situation,” Lt. Ford said.

Lt. Michael Ford said the victim’s name has not been released. Dreher Lane and parts of the Spanish Valley Apartments were blocked off.

Detectives brought in a Crime Scene Unit and took photos.

“We are actively out here knocking on doors and reaching out to the residents that live around here to try and figure out if they heard any gunshots today,” Lt. Ford said.

Parker turned 74 Saturday, but she never planned to celebrate her birthday mourning the loss of her stepson.

“No they were going to take me out to eat. He was just really sweet and looks out after me,” Parker said.

No arrest has been made and there are no suspects in custody. If you know anything about this shooting call Little Rock Police.

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