National Guardsman Shoots His Two Daughters Dead, And Then Himself
Just before Christmas, a family suffers a horrific tragedy at the hands of a mentally unstable father. A National Guardsman from Tucson, Arizona murdered his two young daughters before killing himself on December 23rd.
Parker was supervising his children amid a contentious custody battle with his estranged wife. After threatening his wife on the phone, Stacy Flowers Parker called 911. When authorities responded to Levi Parker’s residence, they found 5-year old Haylee Parker and 8-year old Mackenzie Parker dead from gunshot wounds. Mackenzie was pronounced dead at the scene, and Haylee later died at a local hospital. Around noon on December 24th, Levi Parker, 37, succumbed to his self-inflicted injuries. Several organizations have reached out to lend support to the family, including the Pima County Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division and the organization, Homicide Survivors.
Just a few weeks before the National Guardsman’s murder-suicide, he had posted his 8 year old daughter Mackenzie’s handwritten Christmas list on Facebook.
Parker worked as a manager for Raytheon, a defense contractor, and served in the Arizona Army National Guard as a sergeant first class. He was separated from his wife for three months and they were in the process of working out the divorce.
Did the National Guardsman have PTSD from his 15 years in the military?
Parker’s aunt, Joan Parker, told the Arizona Daily Star he was unhappy his wife had a new boyfriend, “He did not want another man with his girls,” she said. “I personally think he’s been through so much in the military, almost 15 years. He could have developed PTSD or some kind of mental condition.”
According to his LinkedIn Profile, Levi Parker also served in the Texas National Guard for over ten years after serving in the Army as a Sergeant (E-5) for four years. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20 individuals out of every 100 who fought in the Iraq War developed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Its unclear to what extent Levi Parker saw combat, but he had been heavily involved in the military since 1997.
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