Tyrese Robert Parson

On August 26, 2018, in Anniversaries, by Carol Kean
Tyrese Parson

Tyrese Parson (Courtesy Media Iowa)

Tyrese Robert Parson


Tyrese Robert Parson
17 YOA
2223 E Rose Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Friday, June 8, 2018


His smile could light up a room, and that light was extinguished on June 8, 2018. Tyrese Parson, age 17, loved bicycling, listening to music, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. Tyrese was quite a character, and had a large personality, but was also polite and kind.

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July, 27, 2000, to two parents who loved him dearly, Morris and Heather Parson.



Police are searching for a gunman they say shot and killed a 17-year-old boy on Des Moines’ east side, where a neighbor found his body lying on a sidewalk.

Authorities said Des Moines resident Tyrese Robert Parson‘s body was found just before 6:30 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of East 27th Court near Maple Street, just west of the state fairgrounds.

Officials blocked off Maple Street from East 27th Street to East 28th Street for several hours Friday morning as investigators sifted the scene for evidence in Des Moines’ fifth homicide so far this year.

Tyrese Parson was shot and killed Friday, June 8, 2018 in the 800 block of East 27th Court near Maple Street in Des Moines. (Courtesy KCCI.com)

Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said Parson’s body was lying on the sidewalk “for a considerable amount of time,” though circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation.

“(There’s a) lot of work ahead of us, but we’ve got some witnesses now at the station that we’re interviewing,” Parizek said. “We’re getting some decent information that we can work with there, and we’re hoping to get to this thing moving forward.”

James Hill, who lives nearby, said there’s been an increase in suspicious activity in his neighborhood.

“The past five, six months there’s been more traffic in and out of houses down on that end, down on this end,” Hill said.

He didn’t see or hear anything Friday morning, and “you don’t expect to see it, especially in your neighborhood. And here it is.”

Parizek said the area is not known for homicides, and it’s something they’re taking into consideration.

Hill hopes with a police presence and neighborhood pride, they can clean up their street.

“We got to bring the east side back together and get everything calmed down and where it needs to be,” Hill said.

It is unclear why Parson was in the area or if he has any association with any home in the area.

Authorities have not released any suspect information as of Friday afternoon.



Police: 17-year-old found on sidewalk died of gunshot wound by , Updated: 5:18 PM CDT Jun 8, 2018


Des Moines police investigating man found dead on sidewalk on the east side https://www.weareiowa.com/news/local-news/police-17-year-old-shot-to-death-on-des-moines-east-side/, Erica Rankin and Sarah Beckman, Posted: Jun 08, 2018 09:29 AM CDT, Updated: Jun 08, 2018 05:09 PM CDT



Tyrese Parson

Tyrese Parson (Courtesy Hamilton’s Funeral Home)

Tyrese Parson, 17, was taken from this earth far sooner than we wanted. He was known for his smile that could light up a room, and that light was extinguished on June 8, 2018. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July, 27, 2000 to two parents that loved him dearly, Morris and Heather Parson.

Tyrese loved bicycling, listening to music, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. He previously attended Scavo High School. Tyrese was quite a character, and had a large personality, but was also polite and kind.

His family that remains to cherish his memory include his dad, Morris Parson (Rhiannon Hill); mom, Heather Parson (William Green); brothers, DeMarkus Ruckman, Morris Parson Jr., DeAndre Parson, Chrishawn Hunt and Donte Parson; grandparents, Tim (Susan) Ellsworth, Alfreda Sanders and Jimmy Parson.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 to 8 pm at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street. A funeral service will also be held at Hamilton’s Funeral home at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 14.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Tyrese.

Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

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15 Responses to Tyrese Robert Parson

  1. Fefe says:

    Have you guys got any updates or it’s still unsolved

  2. jessthebullygirl@gmail.com says:

    That boy Anthony know what happened if he knew where the body was….period

  3. Terry says:

    I just want to get the word out there Tyrese aka Willy kill still is running free I am going to go through the day I will never forget ok so i was woke up by my daughter saying willy was in trouble and needed help at first i thought she was lying cause they did it before but when i got up and seen she was not playing i jumped in my car my daughter shyere Anthony and shyere older brother jumped in too his other brother stayed back at my house i was yelling for them to tell me where he was than shyere told Anthony come on tell her or something like that than Anthony took me rite to where he was there was a man in the drive way when I pulled up he just asked me if I know him as I am jumping out my car that I forgot to put in park so had to jump back in and I am saying did you call 911 he never answered me but he didn’t when I got over to this boy that is like one of my own I seen he was gone and had been gone for a long time I was screaming for someone to get me a phone as I left mine cause I just jumped out of bed didn’t even have shoes on I got a phone yelling trying to get the address felt like forever there was only one lady that came out to help me cause I am trying to get 911 the address and console my daughter who is his bestfriend and she is puking and screaming for me to help him got her to call his step mom cause that’s the only number she had to have her get his dad there his glasses and phone was taking off him before he got help that now has been found they was with one of the boys that was with him no one is talking and I know ppl know what happened and if any of you really love him and are holding stuff from the police you dont really love him he was left laying on that sidewalk for hours before he got any help and ppl knew where he was and didn’t get help for hours I cant keep my mouth shut anymore it’s almost been a year and nothing is done sorry if this makes anyone mad but this is what happened that day when i woke up now someone needs to speak on what happened before he got help

  4. carolkean says:

    Terry, you’re right, it appears not much attention has been devoted to this case. My heart breaks for Tyrese and his family, and all the cold cases so similar to this one. Whoever killed Tyrese got a Stay-Out-of-Jail pass and God only knows why. Apprehending the killer(s) won’t bring Tyrese back, but #Justice needs to be served. (Carol here)

    • Terry says:

      He is my daughters best friend we are the ones that found him but some of his friends woke me up early saying he was in trouble and than took me rite to his body seems kinda funny how they knew rite where he was so much dont add up not to mention he was there for a long time tell they came and got help and i dont get why they went and got my daughter to not tell her nothing so she came to get me to get info put of them why didnt they call 911 rite away

      • carolkean says:

        Terry, how frustrating, to think he might have been saved if they’d immediately called 911 rather than handle it the way they did. Someone must know what “trouble” he was in and who is pulled the trigger. It’s going on a year now, and still no suspects have been named? Who is working on the case, Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek, or someone else? I’m so sorry for the loss of Tyrese and I hope someone is brought to justice soon.

  5. Terry phipps says:

    Seems like his murder was not really looked at not much about it on the news or anything someone seen something and ppl know and if he had more attention on his case I know it would of been solved a long time ago #LLW #JUSTICEFORTYRESE #JUSTICEFORWILLY

  6. Kitty says:

    Awful 😢

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