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Nephew: Statesboro shooting victim was family man, about to get married
Lester Parrish
Lester Parrish

Statesboro police are keeping quiet about details of a fatal shooting at Park Place Apartments Friday night because the case is still under active investigation, but a relative of the victim said his uncle was an innocent bystander.

Lester Parrish, 17, of University Pointe Apartments on Harvey Drive, is charged with fatally shooting Eric Alexander Reese, 46, who lived at Park Place Apartments, where police said the shooting took place around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Parrish was arrested Saturday morning at the Avenue at Southern on Georgia Avenue, and charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, police said. He is being held in the Bulloch County Jail without bond awaiting further court action.

In addition to Parrish, six others were taken into custody regarding the shooting. Three are juveniles, all age 16. Also arrested were Qu'Shaun Xavier Donta Williams, 17, of Cypress Lake Mobile Home Park, charged with obstruction, loitering/prowling, possession of a drug-related object and marijuana possession with intent to distribute; Michael Crayshawn London, 17, of Packinghouse Road, charged with obstruction and loitering/prowling; and Malcolm Jamal Johnson, 17, of Packinghouse Road, also charged with obstruction and loitering/prowling, according to Bulloch County Sheriff's Office reports.

Statesboro police are handling the investigation, but the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Southern University Police Department and Georgia State Patrol assisted in the initial response to the shooting.

Statesboro police officers responded to Park Place on Lanier Drive at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday to investigate an altercation involving firearms. Reese was found dead at the scene. Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch said Friday night he was called to East Georgia Regional Medical Center regarding a man killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.

Courtney Reese told the Statesboro Herald Monday that his uncle was a "hard-working family man" who was employed as a brick mason and had four children. Eric Reese was not involved in the apparent altercation between several "high school students" and was caught in the crossfire, Courtney Reese said.

"He was very kind and got along with everybody," he said. "He was the brightest spot in the family. He was about to get married."

At the scene Friday night, police said after the shooting, several people ran across Veterans Memorial Parkway into a nearby field, where several suspects were detained.

Courtney Reese said he didn't understand why his uncle was killed.

"It's stupid," he said of the shooting.

He said he prays for the families of both his uncle and the offenders involved.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the police department's Investigations Bureau at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous tips may be submitted to www.tipsoft.com or by sending a text message beginning with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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