PARKLAND, Wash. -- At least seven Pierce County families are torn apart after detectives said a group of teenagers killed a father during a robbery attempt.
Two adult men, Jamar Latez Jones, 20, and 19-year-old Lonnie Lawerence Brantley, were already in custody, and three 16 year olds, Dasjon Robinson, Rasjon Robinson, and Khiry Baylis, were taken into custody early Thursday morning.
Two 16 year olds remain on the run. They are identified as Dakota Collins, and James Mapp.
The family of the man they’re accused of shooting is pleading for the public’s help to catch them before anyone else gets hurt.
“For them to take his life, it was so senseless, and it did not have to happen,” said Lorenzo Parks’ sister Adra.
Adra and her family said they are all heartbroken over the man they called their protector.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives said a group of teens tried to rob Parks on May 18 near south 127th Street and Pacific Avenue in Parkland, but shot and killed him after he turned out his pockets to show he had no money.
“We were able to get some information together, get them identified and put two people at the scene of the shooting, which led to the discovery of five others being there as well, including the shooter,” said Pierce County sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer.
Parks' family is angry.
“They didn’t need to take it that far; the man said, 'I don’t have any money, leave me alone,'" said Sirquence Ruffin, Parks’ eldest brother. “He walked away from them.”
The Parks are feeling pain.
“It’s pretty hard,” said J.R. Parks. “It’s torn our family up in so many different aspects, in so many different ways; our family is broken because of this tragedy.”
It’s not just their family broken but six others' lives that are now forever changed.
“They’ve got to pay,” said Wilbert Parks, Lorenzo Parks’ father. “The kids got to pay for what they did; it’s just sad."
The family says it’s also hard to hear that 16-year-olds are responsible because Lorenzo himself has a 16-year-old son.
If anyone has seen Dakota Collins, or James Mapp, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Your information could land you a reward of up to $1,000.