MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – In the front row of Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church Saturday morning, relatives held each other and wept as 71-year-old William Parker was memorialized.
“I just don’t want to see them close the casket,” said Parker’s daughter, Gardenia. “I don’t want them to close the casket.”
Gardenia Parker was overcome by emotional and physical pain after losing her father. She was among the injured on July 20th, when two lose pit bulls attacked her, her father and two paramedics.
Gardenia survived, but William Parker went into heart failure and died.
Days after the attack, city officials moved controlling vicious and stray animals to the top of their priority list.
“Clearly we think it’s a problem,” city CAO George little said earlier this week. “It’s a problem we’d like to move forward on.”
City government is considering a number of animal control ordinances, including mandatory spay and neutering, and a finder’s fee for citizens who capture stray animals.
But changing animal control laws won’t reverse the Parker’s family tragedy. Still, family members said knowing that William Parker didn’t die in vain will help them heal.
If you want to help William Parker’s family, you can make a contribution at any Bank of America branch. The official name of the account is “The William Alvin Parker Memorial Fund.”