‘I need my daddy’; Household mourns younger father slain in Oakland

OAKLAND — Bernard Parker II’s 2-year previous daughter, Jhenea-Marae, wakes up a number of occasions an evening crying and saying  “I need my daddy.”

However that reunion won’t ever occur.

Bernard Parker II. (Courtesy Bernard’s household) 

The 27-year-old Parker, a house well being care supplier and half time warehouseman, was fatally stabbed June 17 after stepping into an argument with one other man within the space of 14th and Madison streets, close to a bar the place he preferred to hang around and play pool. authorities mentioned.

Parker had moved to Oakland on the finish of March along with his fiancee, Rashanda Charles, their daughter and her 6- and 7-year-old sons.

The 27-year-old Charles, who nonetheless calls Parker “my husband,” mentioned he “didn’t need to die the way in which he died.”

She mentioned they’d been finest pals since they have been 15 and dwelling in Charlotte, North Carolina. That they had been collectively 5 years and lived in San Leandro earlier than shifting to Oakland.

Charles mentioned it took her a couple of days to inform Jhenea-Marae that her father wouldn’t be coming house. Till that point, the little woman had stood by the entrance door of their house, crying and ready for him to seem.

“I attempted to elucidate it to her one of the simplest ways I may. I say he’s within the sky. She remains to be confused and understands the most effective she will. However she wakes up quite a few occasions an evening crying and saying, ‘I need my daddy.’ ”

Her sons, Ayden, 7, and Tristan, who simply turned 6, are conscious and already miss him terribly. He was “the one father they knew,” and “it’s simply been so onerous for them,” she mentioned

She mentioned Parker was “my life companion” and finest pal. “He was only a nice individual. He would stroll in a room and light-weight it up, make pals with everybody. He was only a pleasure to be round.”

She mentioned she would keep in mind him “for his stunning vibrant spirit, how he cherished journey and simply cherished life,” and for a way a lot he loved being a father.

“He was simply a tremendous dad. He cherished each a part of being a dad,” she mentioned.

He additionally realized the significance of offering for his household. She mentioned she just lately misplaced her job in customer support and he had turn out to be the household’s essential supplier, a job “he cherished to tackle,” she mentioned.

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