Family and friends remember 39-year-old shooting victim

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Family and friends gathered on Schreck Avenue Wednesday evening to remember their loved one, 39-year-old Earl Parker.

Parker’s family tells News 4 the vigil is a cry for peace in their city.

Sunday morning both Parker and his brother were shot. Parker died later on at ECMC while his brother suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Parker is the oldest sibling of seven. The family says he was a good man and owned his own business.

Police are still investigating the shooting and no arrests have been made at this time.

Buffalo Police say there’s been a spike in gun violence in the city. There have been nine homicides in just the last month and 30 people have been killed this year alone.

The Schreck Avenue shooting is just one of three that happened over a three day period. Police say it’s still too soon to tell if any of the three crimes are related.

Parker’s mom says she wants the violence to stop and she wants answers for who did this to her son.

“I’m hurting over my son and nobody that’s never went through it before can understand what I’m going through, but if we don’t get these people off the streets you’ll understand what I’m going through,” said Sharon Parker, mother.

The family is asking if anyone out there has any information to come forward and contact the Buffalo Police Department.

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