Florida man charged with homicide of active-duty Coast Guard girl, 27
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace in Florida has arrested a suspect who’s charged with murdering an active-duty Coast Guard member exterior her house.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Division on Tuesday introduced the arrest of Tyree Levon Parker, 22, in connection to the Aug. three capturing dying of 27-year-old Caroline Schollaert, who was making an attempt to cease Parker from breaking into her automotive, in accordance with authorities.
“Whereas on the telephone with the Communications Heart, the sufferer confronted the suspect, held him at gun level [sic] and ordered him to stay till police arrived. Sadly, the suspect refused to conform or give up. As an alternative, he fired a number of photographs from a handgun, putting the sufferer,” the sheriff’s division wrote Tuesday in a Fb put up.
Parker allegedly used a stolen firearm from an unlocked car within the neighborhood to shoot the sufferer, in accordance with authorities.
When responders arrived on the scene, they tried to carry out life-saving measures on Schollaert, who ultimately died of her accidents.
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A number of residents supplied “vital data” to authorities that finally led to Parker’s arrest, the sheriff’s workplace stated. Authorities had been providing an $18,000 reward for any data that will lead deputies to the suspect.
“Our murder staff has labored continuous because the homicide occurred, following up each lead and gathering the mounting proof. In consequence, the suspect was recognized and along with the State Lawyer’s Workplace, an arrest warrant was issued. JSO detectives, patrol officers, and our SWAT staff labored collectively and sought this suspect out,” the sheriff’s workplace wrote on social media.
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Parker is charged with homicide within the second diploma and is presently awaiting trial.
Navy members, veterans and different first-responders throughout the nation commemorated Schollaert’s life final week. The 27-year-old was a Virginia native and member of the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) — a specialised unit that handles drug interdiction missions and is predicated in Jacksonville, Florida, in accordance with the Patriot Guard Riders volunteer group.
Schollaert was flown house to the Chesterfield County Airport on Tuesday.
Her household in Virginia “requested the presence of the Virginia Patriot Guard Riders and different [motorcycle] organizations to escort their beloved daughter again house,” The Patriot Guard Riders wrote on their web site.
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She was additionally a former member of the Indian Neck/Pine Orchard Volunteer Fireplace Firm 9 when she was stationed in New Haven, Connecticut.
“Our ideas and prayers exit to Carolines’ household and mates,” the volunteer hearth firm wrote on Fb. “Caroline was an Energetic member of Firm 9 whereas stationed in New Haven County. She was an absolute nice particular person. She was all the time up for a problem and able to be taught extra. Most significantly, she was an important buddy to many. Might you relaxation simple Caroline, you can be vastly missed.”
In an interview with NBC 12, Schollaert’s father, Patrick Schollaert, described his daughter’s killing as “a wrestle, minute by minute.”
“She regarded out for the youngsters who had been picked on and bullied, and he or she by no means stop that,” he stated, including that she began “a assist group for girls within the Coast Guard.”
He went on to inform the outlet that Parker “may have simply ran off” as a substitute of capturing his daughter.
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“He didn’t have to try this… simply don’t have any regard for something or anybody,” he stated. “They don’t have any regard for all times.”
Caroline Schollaert was not too long ago engaged, and her father described her finance as being “completely devastated” by her tragic dying.
The Schollaert household is anticipated to bury their daughter this weekend. A GoFundMe account was created to extend the reward by $9,000 for police to seize the suspect in her dying, and any extra funds “can be withdrawn and supplied to Caroline’s household by way of financial institution examine to assist in funeral prices,” in accordance with the GoFundMe web page.