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No Charges in Fatal Stabbing, Joliet Police Say

Video from the fight shows a case of self-defense in which Jericho Parker was knifed after he attacked Tyree Parker from behind, Joliet Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Update/1:05 p.m. Tuesday:

No charges will be filed against the man accused of stabbing Jericho Parker to death because the man acted in self-defense, Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Tyree Crawford, 17, had been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery because of his role in the fatal fight Monday night in the parking lot of the S & T Food Mart, 124 Richards St., but charges were dropped after the Will County State's Attorney's Office reviewed video of the incident.

That video shows Parker as the "aggressor" in the fight and that Crawford had been walking away when Parker grabbed him from behind, prompting Crawford to pull out a knife and stab him once, Benton said.

The decision does not mean charges cannot be filed again, depending on whatever other information may be uncovered in the investigation, he said.

The fight, which took place at about 7 p.m., was actually the third of the afternoon/evening between Parker and Crawford, Benton said.

The situation came to a boil in the store parking lot, where a group of about 20 people gathered and urged the two to face off, Benton said. Video from the store and taken on cell phones by some of those in the crowd show Parker and Crawford physically fighting, he said.

Crawford can be seen walking out away and Parker attacking him from behind, but the actual stabbing occurred just out of view of the camera, Benton said. Parker is then seen staggering backwards back into the frame following the knife wound being inflicted, he said.

Parker was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was prounced dead at about 8 p.m.

Crawford, accompanied by family members, turned himself in at the Joliet Police Station, 150 W. Washington St., later Monday night and confessed to his role in the fight, Benton said.

It's not known why the two were fighting, but it is not believed to be gang-related, he said. 

Original post/8:45 a.m. Tuesday:

A Joliet man is dead, the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Monday night near the intersection of Richards Street and 1st Avenue, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

Jericho T. Parker, 19, of 205 2nd Ave., was declared deceased at about 8 p.m. at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, the coroner's office reported.

No cause or manner of death has been released. The Joliet Police Department has not yet returned a call for more information.

Joliet Patch will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.

Carl H May 19, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Shantel, a simpleton isn't an uneducated person, but rather someone who is felt to be deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence. "but it is something"? Thank you for proving my case.
Carl H May 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Saying it a million times doesn't make you correct. Joliet IS a CITY. The official website for Joliet lists it as a CITY, as does every other major website on the internet. A city is defined as being a large town of central importance. Nowhere does it say a city is defined by how it stacks up to Chicago.
Special Rex May 19, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Thanks Carl, learn something new everyday.
John Albert May 19, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Patrolling areas does help, but you will never stop all random acts of violence. You don't know how many times that gang bangers were stopped and arrested by patrolling police which could have prevented a crime from occurring. But since it never occurred, you would never know about it. All you do hear about is when it does happen. What you need to do is punish people more severely. A convicted felon/gang banger caught with a gun shouldn't be sentenced to a mere 3 years only to be released in less than a year and a half. So many of these killings could have been prevented if we actually made people accountable for their actions. Concealed carry will reduce violent crime on law abiding citizens, however it wont stop the animals from killing other animals.
John Albert May 19, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Katrina, none of the boys got arrested because they probably didn't do anything to get arrested or they listened to the police and stopped doing whatever they were doing. I doubt your presence did anything to change the police's response. Why do you assume the boys were being harassed. How do you know that a neighbor didn't call and complain or the officers driving by saw something that they needed to address. So were the dozen police officers harassing the boys that were about to fight too? What is wrong with the police taking pictures of you and the people you were around? No one is trying to tell you what to do with your videos. I don't think anyone really cares about your videos. Maybe you should be more worried about the actions of the people fighting than the responding police trying to stop more violence from occurring. Do you actually think that the police haven't "bothered you or the people in the videos" because of your videotaping. How do you know that people in your video's haven't been bothered since 2011. You only know two of their names and I doubt you have been with them every second since 2011. I never said you lived there. It doesn't matter if you live there or visit. But if you don't live there, then how do you know that the police haven't "harassed" them since 2011?

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