Parkland murder victim identified as 38-year-old Spanaway man

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PARKLAND, Wash. -- The man found slain outside a Parkland business early Wednesday morning has been identified as 38-year-old Lorenzo Parks of Spanaway.

“He took 3 breaths and that was it,” witness Manuel Castillo said.

Castillo said he heard an argument, then a gunshot. Castillo was the first to find Parks bleeding to death and called 911.

Castillo says he didn’t know Parks well but had seen him in the area before.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department do not have much on the suspects. Witnesses say a group of people may have gotten into a fight with Parks before the shooting.

The argument happened at 126th St and Pacific. Detectives believe the victim ran across the street, collapsing in an auto parts parking lot.

“It’s two doors down from my store, it’s scary,” Chris Mabry said.

Mabry, owner of The Garage Sale Thrift Store, and other business owners say the growing violence has them on edge.

“The area is getting worse and worse, I think; there is a lot of drugs out here. You can see with the people walking by,” business owner Larry Anderson said.

They are worried that someone they know or care about could fall victim to violence

“I hope they catch them because if they did it once, they will do it twice,” Mabry said.






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