A Headstone for Jashawn Parker

2 Apr

A memorial poster for Jashawn Parker (Photo: Jacqueline Vergara)

Those of you who read “The Phantom Landord” investigation in City Limits know that Jashawn Parker is the boy who died in an electrical fire in his family’s apartment on DeKalb Avenue in Norwood in 2002. As I wrote in one article for the package, Paul Parker, Jashawn’s dad, took a little while to find the gravesite in the cemetery when we drove him up there, because it is not marked with a headstone. The family couldn’t afford it.

The Bronx Jewish Community Council, which helped advocate for tenants early on in their battle at 3569 DeKalb, has graciously agreed to set up a fund to raise the money for a headstone, which will be about $1,200. To donate, you can make a check out to Bronx Jewish Community Council (just write “Jashawn Parker” in the memo line) and mail to: Sally Dunford, Bronx Jewish Community Council, 3176 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467. Donations are tax deductible.

If enough money is raised, a headstone can be put in place by the 10th anniversary of Jashawn’s death on Aug. 6. Thanks for whatever you can do.

Here’s a link to a terrific video interview with Paul Parker about his son. It was produced by Jacqueline Vergara, one of the excellent CUNY Graudate School of Journalism students who were involved in the investigation.

—Jordan Moss

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One Response to “A Headstone for Jashawn Parker”

  1. Greg April 2, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Jordan,

    The video is really well done, and of course the story is heart wrenching. I think fundraising for this headstone is a great idea and props to Bronx Jewish Community Council for setting it up. I also think it would be more effective and broad reaching if someone puts it online on a site like crowdrise.com and we can all help promote it.

    – Greg

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