MAD DADS seek justice for shooting victim

No arrests made in drive-by shooting of two

Published On: Jul 05 2012 11:06:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2012 07:38:09 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Deborah Parish joined members of MAD DADS as the group canvassed her Bunche Drive neighborhood.

Parish's husband, Julius Ricardo Parish, 48, was shot and killed during a drive by shooting in their neighborhood on June 30.

"He's gone, but he is still living in me. And I think each and every day that I am going to continue doing what he would love me to do, and that's not of hate but of love," said Deborah Parish.

A second man was wounded in the drive by that happened right outside the Parish home and no one has been arrested for the crime.

"I am seeking for justice this day and I am looking for everybody to. Justice for Julius Ricardo Parish will be, will be in his behalf because he didn't deserve this," said Parish.

Neighbors say life has been difficult since the shooting. Parish is described as a person who would help anyone if needed.

"I always called him Mr. Julius. And if he seen anybody out here doing anything, like if you were cutting your yard or needed to go to the store or needed to go somewhere to pick up something, he was like call on me, I'm here to help you," neighbor Bernice Wilcox said.

MAD DADS on Thursday night walked the streets of the neighborhood where it happened, hoping someone would come forward with information.

"We are fired up," said Donald Foy. "It was cowardly. It is not a manly act."

Parish said her husband was talking to his godson while walking his dog when the shooting happened. Parish said she was in the new car he'd just bought her when she said two men drove by in a rusty, tan sedan and fired multiple shots.

"He said baby this is the time that I'll be able to buy you something brand new and they took his life out there, he was an innocent bystander," said Parish.

Deborah Parish says whomever killed her husband should do the right thing and turn themselves into police.
"Do the right thing. No need to hide. No need to worry. I forgive you because that's what my husband would tell me to do. Forgive then and continue going on," Parish said.

Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.