Family looking for answers as they grieve loss of Issac Parker
As Buffalo Police continue investigating last week's police-involved shooting and crash on Fillmore Avenue, they aren't the only ones looking for answers. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti sat down with the family of Issac Parker, who was driving the car that killed an innocent bystander and also died at the scene.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — As the family of 48-year-old Issac Parker grieves his death, they say they're facing negative perceptions about their beloved brother.
Buffalo Police say officers tried to pull Parker over last Thursday night, they believe he was drunk and say he took off dragging an officer, then another officer shot him.
Parker's car hit three street lights - one which hit and killed 54-year-old Ida Murphy.
"I don't make light of a DWI, I don't, but at the end of the day, that's not what killed that woman," said Zelda Wallace Bell, Parker's sister.
The Erie County Medical Examiner's office says Parker died from the gunshot wound.
But his family wants him to be remembered for the way he lived, not how he died.
"He was a family man, he kept the family together, he served his country and he was just basically a good person," said Tina Hampton, Parker's other sister.
Parker's family says he was a father of three and a Marine who served in Desert Storm, but came back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which affected the rest of his life.
"He was seeing someone on a regular basis, but, as far as I would say, the intense intervention that he needed, no, he didn't get that," said Wallace Bell.
His family says Parker also received treatment after a DWI conviction.
"He was hurting and he had personal issues," said Wallace Bell.
His siblings say they supported Parker as much as they could. Now, they're trying to find out what happened the day he died, and what exactly led to his death. But they haven't really been able to speak with police.
Wallace Bell said, "I want to sit down with a detective and have him tell me. I don't want to get my information off the news."
They extend their condolences to Ida Murphy's family, as they prepare to say goodbye to their brother.
"I miss my baby brother and it just hurts so bad," said Hampton.
Wallace Bell said,"We're trying to go forward with a good memory about what our brother was. This is one incident out of a lifetime."
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
A memorial will be held of Issac Parker Friday, December 14 at noon at the The Greater Royal COGIC on Clinton Street in Buffalo.
A wake for Ida Murphy will be held Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Buffalo. A funeral will follow at 11 a.m.