Memorial Fund Created After Family's Loss

STAUNTON, Va. - Rebecca Watson was shocked when she heard the news that her friend Julian Parrott was found dead at Gypsy Hill Park on Thursday.

"Oh, I was devastated, I couldn't even speak," says Watson.

Watson owned a business in downtown Staunton and says that Julian used to come by and help her all the time.

"Anything, if he thought there was a need, then he was there, just right on top of it, just wanting to help and just enjoyed it so much," says Watson.

On Friday, Watson started a fundraiser called the Julian Parrot Memorial Fund to help Julian's family with their expenses.

You can drop off donations in a mail slot at 14 East Beverley Street or by going to the City National Bank in Staunton and donating directly to the "Julian Parrott Memorial Fund".

"Until we get an official charity going, right now we'll just give them to the bank and we'll give them to the family," says Watson.

On top of setting up a fundraiser, Rebecca even set up a Facebook page called "Julian Parrott Celebration of Life", which she eventually hopes will turn into a full fledged event to celebrate how he touched so many people.

"we hope to do an event a the park, maybe at the bandstand have a local band play, we're just not sure, it's sill such a shock and such trauma we're all just trying to work through this," says Watson.

A 16 year-old has been arrested in connection with Parrott's death. He faces first-degree murder charges. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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