Sgt Darwin Butler is a hard-bitten Chicago police veteran who has worked some of his city’s most violent neighborhoods for decades. So, when he pulled up to a shooting scene and found yet another young man shot dead in a car, he checked for signs of life and took the normal steps to secure the crime scene.
Then he looked at the murdered boy’s face again — and realized it was his own stepson, Darius Parish. Sgt Butler raised the promising 20-year-old college student since he was an 8-year-old child. He watched Mr Parish grow into a man.
But seeing his son shot dead was staggering. Sgt Butler found another supervisor to handle the murder scene and relieved himself of duty. Mr Parish was driving through Englewood November 27 at 1am when someone opened fire on the car. The bullets struck Mr Parish in the shoulder and killed him. A friend was shot in the arm, but three others in the car — including a 10-month-old child — were not injured.
After the shooting, the car rammed into a tree. It’s unknown who shot up the car and it’s unclear why the attack occurred. Police have not made any arrests in the shooting. Mr Parish was a promising student a St. Xavier University in Chicago. He was studying chemistry and hoped to be a pharmacist.
His girlfriend, Janell Jones, said Mr Parish was home for Thanksgiving and the friends were going bowling when the shooting took place. Sgt Butler said his stepson’s death reinforces his reason for working the streets of Chicago and he has no plans to back away from the job.
‘I’m going to keep fighting. I’m going to keep trying to make a difference,’ he said. ‘I mean, yeah, you’ve just got to keep going. There’s a lot of concerned people out here who live in Englewood and other communities who are at a disadvantage that don’t want the violence.’
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