The Pendleton Panther

Pleas for Peace

Posted on: January 31, 2010

 

Act now. Save lives.

Everyone in South Philadelphia knew Mr. Tyree Parks as a role model. He was a star athlete on the football field, did well in the classroom, coached youth basketball and this past Saturday was accepted to Bloomsburg University on a full scholarship. After growing up and trying to escape the life of crime, Parks had made it and made everyone around him proud. This past Saturday morning, January 30th, his high school coach delivered him the great news and Park’s had a smile on his face that could be seen a mile away. Walking home that night, after coaching his youth basketball team to a victory, Park’s was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. There were many cries that swept through South Philadelphia. Mr. Parks was known to peers as a superb athlete and to adults as a role model in the community. Information was later released that Parks had a physical encounter with a male a few days before the shooting, the same male that was reported as being the killer. Parks’ funeral was held the day after in which nearly 200 people showed up in honor of Parks. His whole high school football team was there, the cheerleaders in uniform and many members of the community he lived in. Making a special appearance was the principal of the high school he attended. He told the crowd, “I don’t want to be at anymore funerals, crying over another student… You have the potential to do anything you want. College is at your door, waiting for you to walk through.” Parks is now longer with us, but the path he was on is a path that many hope to propel forward on and this incident has hope of being a wake up call to many.

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