Antiguan killed in drive-by shooting

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Exactly four years after he was shot during an attempt on his life in the US, an Antiguan man was killed in a drive-by shooting in North Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday.

Sixty-three-year old Edgar “Strokie” Parker, originally of Bendals, was rushed to an unnamed hospital, after the early morning shooting, where he was pronounced dead some time after.

The details surrounding the shooting remained sketchy even after five days has elapsed, but our newsroom understands that the deceased was exiting a house to go set up one of the stalls at the Deering Seafood Festival in Miami, when a vehicle drove by, slowed down and shots erupted; several of which struck the deceased. The shooting reportedly occurred at about 5 am.

Parker was a member of the Antigua & Barbuda Association of South Florida group, which was scheduled to sell food at the festival on Sunday.

A close friend of the deceased, who did not want to be named, said Parker had been living in the US for more than 20 years and law enforcement there has released minimal information to the dead man’s wife.

Local 10 news in Florida reported the deceased was found outside of a home after deputies received a call about shots being fired in the 7700 block of Kimberly Boulevard, however, when that newsroom was contacted, they could not provide any additional information.

More in today’s Daily Observer.

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