Family of slain Memphis activist frustrated with murder investigation

Family of slain Memphis activist frustrated with murder investigation

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The family of local musician gunned down outside a local nightclub say they are fed up with the investigation.

Choosey Parker was shot and killed at Purple Haze nightclub nearly a year ago.

Parker’s case is full of ironies. She was a well-known non-violent activist shot in the city she loved.

It turns out the city's high crime rate is exactly why all these months later.

There's still no one being held responsible for her death, and her family is beyond frustrated.

“It hurts me every day,” said friend Tameeka Tucker. “Every day I wake up in the morning I cry, before I got to sleep I cry.”

“It hurts you know to be standing here,” said aunt Sharon Eddings when she returned to the scene.

Gunshots rang out just outside the Purple Haze Nightclub in downtown Memphis just before 5 a.m. last March, striking the 41-year-old well-known peace activist in the stomach.

“She fought for peace. She fought against gun violence and for it to happen to her is tragic,” Eddings said.

Memphis police immediately arrested 27-year-old Alan Neal, charging him with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.

It's unclear why about a month later the charges were dropped, but the District Attorney's office did say they're waiting on ballistic evidence to come in Parker's case.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says evidence in Parker's case is being evaluated but on average firearm testing for cases out of Memphis is about 43 weeks,

“At this point we're just tired, we're tired of waiting, the wait is too long,” said aunt Mary Trice.

Parker's family says there's other evidence, including a slew of cameras at the crime scene and eyewitnesses.

They say someone should be behind bars and facing serious charges instead of walking free.

“First degree murder, no questions asked. First degree murder. She was innocent. She had nothing to do with whatever their intentions were," Eddings said.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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