Police Make Arrest in Gypsy Hill Park Murder

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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STAUNTON (WHSV)-- Police have arrested a 16-year old boy in connection to the body found at Gypsy Hill Park. The teenager now faces a first-degree murder charge, according to Staunton Police.

Police have also identified the victim as Julian L. Parrott, 26, of Staunton.

He suffered from multiple stab wounds, according to the affidavit for search warrant. The affidavit also revealed that Parrot had a cell phone in his pocket, showing he received phone calls from the 16-year-old who later confessed to stabbing him. Both the knife and clothes the murder suspect was wearing were found at suspect's house, according to the affidavit.

Those who knew Parrot said the 26-year-old with special needs was always full of joy.

"We need a lot more people like him in the world," said C.B Bellerose, a local artist who said that Parrot was a fixture downtown.

Bellerose said lots of other downtown knew him and always looked forward to seeing him, "He'd come in and he'd talk to you about ships. Or he'd talk to you about whatever art work you're working on. He made you feel like you were the coolest person in the world. And he did that for a lot of people."

Parrott's body was found on Thursday morning near the 18th hole on the golf course by a Parks and Recreation Department worker who was mowing grass. The call came in at about 8 a.m. on Thursday morning. Bloodhounds were brought in to check the area.

Parrott was wheeled out, covered on a stretcher and taken to the Medical Examiner's office in Roanoke at about 9:40 a.m. Thursday. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death by an autopsy.

The teenager arrested is being held at the Shenandoah Valley Detention Center.

Parrott's aunt wrote in an e-mail that the family asks for prayers not just for them, but for the family of the suspect, as well because on this holiday weekend, she writes there are two mothers who won't be able to spend Mother's Day with their sons.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call either the Staunton Police Department at 540-332-3842 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-322-2017.

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