Corey Anthony Parker (1976 - 2007) the son of Lloyd X and Stephanie (Parker) Johnson

  WATERLOO - Corey Anthony Parker, 30, of Minneapolis, formerly of Waterloo, died Friday, Jan. 12, at North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale, Minn. He was born Feb. 24, 1976, in Iowa City, son of Stephanie Parker and Lloyd Forney. He was adopted by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Royce Parker. He married Quineva Bentley on Feb. 3, 2000. He graduated from Glen Mills Academy, Philadelphia, in 1992. He attended Hawkeye Community College for network administration and was currently employed at Custom Closets by Design in Plymouth, Minn.

Survivors include: his wife; two sons, Jawon and Corey Jr.; four daughters, Corrion, Jataya, Aryon and Khadija; his parents, Stephanie Johnson and Lloyd X; maternal grandmother and adoptive mother, Royce Parker; nine brothers, Nathan, Jarrod, Jack, Markie, DeMarquis and Joseph, all of Waterloo, and Dewon, Elijah and Michael, all of Minneapolis; 15 sisters, Brittany, Fawn, Tajah, LaShayla, Carolyn and Phyllis, all of Waterloo, Mykeshia, Tynetta, Deaneisha, Fulani, Keyla, Halla and Akenya, all of Minneapolis, Marcia of San Antonio and Aquanetta of Bay Springs, Miss.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Preceded in death by: maternal grandfather, Richard Parker; and paternal grandparents, Lloyd Sr. and Rosetta Forney. Services: noon Friday at Ambassadors for Christ Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Public visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church. Sanders Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.



Why Minneapolis man was shot remains a mystery

The 30-year-old man was fatally wounded as he sat in his car outside his home Friday morning. By Tom Ford, Star Tribune Last update: January 14, 2007 – 12:28 AM Many questions still remained Saturday as to why a Minneapolis man was fatally shot as he sat in his car outside his home Friday morning. It was the city's fourth homicide in 2007. Corey Parker, 30, died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale hours after he was shot at about 7 a.m. Friday in the 3400 block of Logan Av. N.

His grandmother, Royce Parker, who adopted him when he was a child, said he was about to go to work. "It has been devastating," said Royce Parker on Saturday. "To think that a young man was on his way to work and has to lose his life and his family." Her grandson and his family moved into their new home along Logan two months ago. The house had a lawn and was close to Corey's job at a cabinet company. By saving up his money, her grandson had hoped to restart his computer science studies and eventually find an even better home for his wife and their four children, said Royce Parker, who lives in Waterloo, Iowa. She said that her grandson, who grew up in Iowa, had served a stint in prison there several years ago for his involvement in a shooting in which nobody was hurt. But in the past year or so, since he began working and living in the Twin Cities, she said she was not aware of any serious trouble into which he had gotten. While the arrangements are not finalized, she plans to hold funeral services for Parker in Iowa. She spoke on Saturday afternoon, as Parker's wife was en route to Iowa to be with relatives.

She heard the shots that ultimately killed her husband, inside the couple's home at the time with their three youngest children, getting them ready for the day. Just before the shooting, their 12-year-old son had gotten on a school bus, Royce Parker said. "We have no idea," why this happened, she said. Homicide #4 was Corey A. Parker. He was shot in his car, in front of his house at about 7am. Dolan said he doesn't think it was random. And that gangs weren't behind any of the homicides so far this year.
Tom Ford •


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