Your Black News reports:
Veteran Chicago sergeant Darwin Butler arrived at another bloody crime scene, began going through his usual drill of securing the premises and checking vitals of the murder victim.
Only to find out---this time---it was his step-son.
Darius Parish, 20, was dead behind the wheel, having been shot in the shoulder. Another passenger was shot in the arm, and three others, including a 10 month-old were uninjured.
Officer Butler had raised Darius since he was 8-years-old and watched the young man grow into a successful college student.
Butler has been a constant reassuring presence in the rough Chicago neighborhoods of Englewood and West Englewood for 16 years, but says that he has never experienced anything more traumatic than walking up and finding his step-son dead.
'I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. I had to look at him again,' Sgt. Butler told the Chicago Tribune, his eyes filling with tears.
Darius was student a student at St. Xavier University in Chicago, home for holidays and going bowling with friends when the shooting occurred.
Though many officers may have taken this opportunity to quit or ask for a transfer with no one judging them any less for the decision, Officer Butler says his step-son’s death has reaffirmed his commitment to the Englewood community.
“There's a lot of concerned people out here who live in Englewood and other communities who are at a disadvantage that don't want the violence… I'm going to keep fighting. I'm going to keep trying to make a difference,” he said.
No arrests have been made in the shooting.