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No Charges in Fatal Stabbing, Joliet Police Say

Video from the fight shows a case of self-defense in which Jericho Parker was knifed after he attacked Tyree Parker from behind, Joliet Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Update/1:05 p.m. Tuesday:

No charges will be filed against the man accused of stabbing Jericho Parker to death because the man acted in self-defense, Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Tyree Crawford, 17, had been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery because of his role in the fatal fight Monday night in the parking lot of the S & T Food Mart, 124 Richards St., but charges were dropped after the Will County State's Attorney's Office reviewed video of the incident.

That video shows Parker as the "aggressor" in the fight and that Crawford had been walking away when Parker grabbed him from behind, prompting Crawford to pull out a knife and stab him once, Benton said.

The decision does not mean charges cannot be filed again, depending on whatever other information may be uncovered in the investigation, he said.

The fight, which took place at about 7 p.m., was actually the third of the afternoon/evening between Parker and Crawford, Benton said.

The situation came to a boil in the store parking lot, where a group of about 20 people gathered and urged the two to face off, Benton said. Video from the store and taken on cell phones by some of those in the crowd show Parker and Crawford physically fighting, he said.

Crawford can be seen walking out away and Parker attacking him from behind, but the actual stabbing occurred just out of view of the camera, Benton said. Parker is then seen staggering backwards back into the frame following the knife wound being inflicted, he said.

Parker was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was prounced dead at about 8 p.m.

Crawford, accompanied by family members, turned himself in at the Joliet Police Station, 150 W. Washington St., later Monday night and confessed to his role in the fight, Benton said.

It's not known why the two were fighting, but it is not believed to be gang-related, he said. 

Original post/8:45 a.m. Tuesday:

A Joliet man is dead, the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Monday night near the intersection of Richards Street and 1st Avenue, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

Jericho T. Parker, 19, of 205 2nd Ave., was declared deceased at about 8 p.m. at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, the coroner's office reported.

No cause or manner of death has been released. The Joliet Police Department has not yet returned a call for more information.

Joliet Patch will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.

global76 May 16, 2013 at 04:41 AM
(It's not known why the two were fighting, but it is not believed to be gang-related, he said). the man that done the stabbing has a history of fighting he was kick out of school for fighting.. the knife was given to mr crawford by a young lady that was present which is now in custody. mr crawford was heard by several people that he was going to kill mr. parker... mr parker didn't have a knife nor weapon so what was the purpose of the knife.. i knew a woman that was beaten by her husband for years and it was well documented and she decided one day she wasn't going take his crap any longer and she blow his head off.. guess what she done 25 yrs for murder... the story stated that both of these two young men have been fighting all day in the same location. were was the police? NO mr crawford wasn't trying to walk away he going to retrieve a knife.. that's called murder
global76 May 16, 2013 at 05:17 AM
one of the reason why they were fighting was do to some name calling. the word gay was used to ID mr crawford... from what I've heard mr crawford is know for fighting and defending his sexuality. one of the main issue of today with our young children is the mass media called you tube, everyone wants 15 minutes of fame on these social networks. there was over 20 people and yes almost everyone was recording this event that ended in deaf of young man I don't care about a car he tired to take or what he smoked or what his arrested record look like because most charges when come to the court are commercial and it has nothing to do with a crime. mr parker was killed while over 20 ppl watch this crime unfold and no one stop this fight and now this young man is dead and we may have another young man headed to the pen. each person who sat and watch this fight unfold has a guilt of death on their conscious and they all need some type of counseling. why because as human you dont sit and watch to ppl fight just for a thrill or social network fame. sorry but this act remind me of the animal kingdom and as human we supposed to be more civilized then animals
wc fields May 16, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Mr Hernandez, Go back to your crime stats and find the make up of Lois place I proved a point again. I would bet my life on it that area is prodominanly black also. And for the record I am not a coward why would I set myself up for harassment. And who are you to call me out why should it matter what my name is I have the right to make a comment just as well as you. Even if it is removed a few people get to read it just like you did. And you did not follow in your father footsteps so stop playing the part.
Seer's Daddy May 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Six squad cars assigned East. Six cars assigned Central up to Houbolt and 80. All of them left their area or left Thortons just to drive down to Richards Street to hassle four guys. I'm calling BS on this one. If you have a video, post it on YouTube like everyone else. Why protect some bad cops by not showing this video. Doesn't add up.
tony211 May 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM
A lot of people on a lot of soap boxes trying preach -
Special Rex May 16, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Yeah and a lot of holy places believe in the prison soap system instead of preaching.
John Albert May 17, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Herc, how do the police to stop these random acts of violence? The police arrest criminals who are let out on reduced charges and small sentences only to commit more crimes, get arrested, and then let out again on reduced charges and small sentences.
John Albert May 17, 2013 at 01:17 AM
So Herc thinks the police are not around to stop random acts of violence and Katrina thinks the police are "harassing these kids." Maybe if the police were "harassing the kids" at the store before this occurred then it could have been prevented. But if that happened then Katrina would have been posting that she was videotaping the police at the store who were harassing boys that were minding their own business.
Time Is Money May 17, 2013 at 03:21 PM
R.I.P
John Albert May 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Many times a person's fault or upbringing is what leads that person to act in a way that leads to these senseless crimes. If people were more accountable for their actions (faults) and families were more accountable for their children's faults instead of defending them, then Joliet could be a better place.
Steve Lobber May 17, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Why?
Steve Lobber May 17, 2013 at 06:01 PM
What is wrong with putting a person's mugshot up? Having a police photo indicates the person was involved in something unlawful previously. One method for not having a mugshot published is - don't be a criminal!
Steve Lobber May 17, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Charli - How would you label someone that has the arrest record Carl H identified? Not everyone has been arrested. Not everyone engages in vehicle theft, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. The majority of people do not have criminal records.
Steve Lobber May 17, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Disrespecting? That word is so over used! The deceased was a criminal with a criminal record. It would be disrespectful to say those things IF he was not a criminal, but he was, so it is not disrespectful to discuss his past. There is a saying in they use in history, "the past is the key to the future." His criminal past led him to that point of being in that place, being in that situation that caused his death.
John Roberts May 18, 2013 at 03:11 PM
The who was the 20 people with them wanting them to fight?...family?....and what color clothes were they wearing...Black and blue,Black and red,black and yellow?...cause every time I saw 20 people together in Joliet all in a parking lot wanting someone to fight were all gang members.
John Roberts May 18, 2013 at 03:14 PM
not many people that hang around that place are not gang members or affiliated with them...Why because it is not safe to be young running around a gang riddled area with no connections...and we all know that.
John Roberts May 18, 2013 at 03:17 PM
What do people want them to do..become a military...its not the police fault it is Human actions....Quit demanding your government and police to do something...it only creates places like China,North Korea just to name a couple.People will interact forever and in those interactions some will die and some will not. only thing people are asking for is a stricter police state.cerfwe at 6pm,check points,all for "Public safety"
John Roberts May 18, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Just go take a ride by the State troopers on 53 and watch how they look like military combatants ready to go to war with its citizens. and this is our "Citizen" Police...Riot gear,full armor,Swat trucks....and what do they do?..They bust down the door of a pot smoker...its getting worse the more we demand.Only way to enforce the laws is by force,misconduct,brutality,lawsuits and coverups...to say we have Democracy...
John Roberts May 18, 2013 at 03:27 PM
if you have a career..then your part of the system....know the thing about careers?...They end...and sometimes and most of the time it is because your career,profession is no longer needed.People who have owned businesses for 20 years now file for help....All of you are idiots to bash people on link card...especially in times where reports are coming out that Illinois is about the only state to report unemployment is on the rise..it really shows the lack of education in whats really going on....and those of you who are fine because you have a job..you haven figured out the illusion yet it seems...you too can be without a job at any given time.
John Roberts May 18, 2013 at 03:44 PM
if we do not have people being stupid and shooting others and being easy for the police to catch..then you push it further underground...People will start being kidnapped more,missing people will be on the rise...Because you will NEVER stop people from killing others but you can make it worse than what it is...and patrolling areas does nothing,it didn't help the guy stabbed on Richards,nor the kids that got killed on Hickory,nor does it stop shootings...it only creates a more police state with more restrictions against law abiding citizens...with out the stupidity of people some if not most of these people would of never been caught.
Katrina Williams May 18, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Apparently, the people reading my comments did not see the part where it said when I was there (meaning living there) or visiting. Read Geniuses!
Katrina Williams May 18, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Um, to the initial (I.J) and John Albert who responded/mentioned my name in their post, I do not have to post anything because as I stated none of he boys got arrested and I believe it was because I was recording them. I have nothing to prove to you if I knew all the boys I would post their names but I only knew two of them and I do not want the boys being harassed again. I have also seen and recorded when some boys was about to fight on the E.N.D. and about 6 squads rolled up and almost 12 police plus a sergeant. They took pictures of the car I was driving plates after they took pictures of us just standing there( with our backs turned), so do not try and tell me what to do with my videos. This all happened in 2011 and they have not bothered any of the people in the videos or me. It might not add up to you but I have the proof, you might be the police your self initial person and John Albert reread the post, I DO NOT LIVE THERE ANYMORE, I VISIT!
It Get's Better May 19, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Carl H there is nothing wrong with my sentence structure, but it is something wrong with your thinking structure. That's an arena you don't want to go against me in! Do not put me in the category of the uneducated.
joliet May 19, 2013 at 06:16 AM
How many times do I have to say this... joliet is a TOWN not a CITY... Chicago is a CITY... NOT joliet
Special Rex May 19, 2013 at 01:38 PM
It's true this is a town. But when everybody from Chicago moves to Joliet. Overcrowded, no room, no space. It doesn't have a town feeling like it used to...
Carl H May 19, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Shantel, a simpleton isn't an uneducated person, but rather someone who is felt to be deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence. "but it is something"? Thank you for proving my case.
Carl H May 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Saying it a million times doesn't make you correct. Joliet IS a CITY. The official website for Joliet lists it as a CITY, as does every other major website on the internet. A city is defined as being a large town of central importance. Nowhere does it say a city is defined by how it stacks up to Chicago.
Special Rex May 19, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Thanks Carl, learn something new everyday.
John Albert May 19, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Patrolling areas does help, but you will never stop all random acts of violence. You don't know how many times that gang bangers were stopped and arrested by patrolling police which could have prevented a crime from occurring. But since it never occurred, you would never know about it. All you do hear about is when it does happen. What you need to do is punish people more severely. A convicted felon/gang banger caught with a gun shouldn't be sentenced to a mere 3 years only to be released in less than a year and a half. So many of these killings could have been prevented if we actually made people accountable for their actions. Concealed carry will reduce violent crime on law abiding citizens, however it wont stop the animals from killing other animals.
John Albert May 19, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Katrina, none of the boys got arrested because they probably didn't do anything to get arrested or they listened to the police and stopped doing whatever they were doing. I doubt your presence did anything to change the police's response. Why do you assume the boys were being harassed. How do you know that a neighbor didn't call and complain or the officers driving by saw something that they needed to address. So were the dozen police officers harassing the boys that were about to fight too? What is wrong with the police taking pictures of you and the people you were around? No one is trying to tell you what to do with your videos. I don't think anyone really cares about your videos. Maybe you should be more worried about the actions of the people fighting than the responding police trying to stop more violence from occurring. Do you actually think that the police haven't "bothered you or the people in the videos" because of your videotaping. How do you know that people in your video's haven't been bothered since 2011. You only know two of their names and I doubt you have been with them every second since 2011. I never said you lived there. It doesn't matter if you live there or visit. But if you don't live there, then how do you know that the police haven't "harassed" them since 2011?

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