Daughter of Cook County sheriff's deputy killed in Roseland shooting

ByLiz Nagy via WLS logo
Sunday, April 24, 2016
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Tiara Parks, 23, was killed in a shooting April 24, 2016 in the Roseland neighborhood. (Family photo)

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 23-year-old woman who was fatally shot Saturday night in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood is the daughter of a Cook County sheriff's deputy.

Tiara Parks is the daughter of Michael Parks, who works in the courts, according to a Cook County Sheriff's Office. She was also a mother.

Police said Parks and two men were getting out of a car at about 9 p.m. near West 114th Street and South Stewart Avenue when an unknown person walked up and started shooting. About 20 people were in the street when shots were fired.

"They were getting out, a car pulled up and shot, shot, shot, shot, shot," said Tay Tattoo, who lives near where the shooting occurred.

The driver of the car which Parks was exiting drove the trio to Roseland Hospital.

Parks was shot in the head and pronounced dead at a hospital.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the lower back and a 27-year-old man was shot in the left leg.

Family said that Tiara Parks was a working mother and a college graduate.

"She's a great mom. She loved her baby. She loved her family," said her cousin, who declined to give her name.

The shooting occurred steps from Alex Haley Academy, where signs identify it as a Safe Zone.

"Once the lights go out, there's nothing that the kids can do," Tattoo said. "they just stand out here ... If they had better programs for kids they'd have something to do."