Funeral announced for 13-year-old Cedar Rapids shooting victim

Services for Ireshia Parks take place Tuesday

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Funeral services are set for Ireshia Parks, 13, who was killed Tuesday morning in Cedar Rapids when a gun went off in a car, the bullet striking her in the head.

Services take place at noon Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 6621 C Ave. NE, with the Rev. Damian Epps presiding. A burial follows at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre, 2121 Bowling St. SW.

Parks was shot in the head while she and five other teenagers sat in a car parked in the 800 block of 15th Street SE, according to Cedar Rapids police. Parks later died at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids and a 13-year-old male suspect now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Police are still working to piece together exactly what happened the morning of the fatal shooting.

Cedar Rapids Public Safety spokesman Greg Buelow said police received a call at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday regarding a female shot. Officers in the area immediately responded, Buelow said.

Witnesses told officers there were male suspects at the scene of the incident who were running in the alley between 15th and 16th streets SE. Officers, including K-9 units, apprehended two suspects in the 1500 block of Bever Avenue SE and a third suspect in the 1500 block of Washington Avenue SE, Buelow said, adding the three suspects were in custody within 10 minutes of police receiving the call.

In addition to the involuntary manslaughter charge, the 13-year-old male suspect is charged with carrying weapons and interference with official acts. He is accused of unintentionally discharging the handgun and is in juvenile custody, said Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman.

A 15-year-old male suspect is charged with interference with official acts and also is in juvenile custody, police said.

Dquon Morrow, 18, of Cedar Rapids, also is charged with interference with official acts. He has been released from custody, police said.

Jerman said a handgun was recovered as police conducted their investigation, but it is not believed to be the gun involved in the fatal shooting incident.

Rich Jackson, a counselor at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids, has set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of Latrice Roundtree, who he said is Parks’ mother.

Jackson said he set up the page to help Parks’ family cover funeral expenses. As of Friday afternoon, 62 donations totaling $2,145 had been made to the fund, which is aiming to raise $10,000.

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