Owner of Ray's European Garage killed at Glendale apartment complex

A Glendale father was shot and killed on the night of Nov. 20, just steps away from his girlfriend and granddaughter.

Police responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex near 59th and Bethany Home avenues just after 10 p.m. A 9-1-1 caller said they could hear a man screaming and a gunshot.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man near a stairwell with at least one gunshot wound. They attempted life-saving measures until fire department crews arrived. He was transported him to a local emergency room.

"Witnesses reported hearing an altercation just before the shooting, but did not see a suspect and cannot confirm details at this time. We do not have a suspect description and are working on further details," stated Officer Gina Winn of the Glendale Police Department.

Victim identified; loved ones speak out

The victim, identified as 55-year-old Reydesel "Ray" Parra, died from his injuries. Parra was the owner of Ray's European Garage in Phoenix.

Parra's family members are at a loss for words. 

"I wish I would have just hugged him more," said Jason Parra. "All this I take for granted. I was just talking to him, and it’s just taken. Just taken."

They say Parra raised three kids alone.

"Only a patient man will raise three kids by himself," said April Parra. "So patient."

Family members also made a plea to the public.

"We're pleading with the community -- our community -- please help us. Please help us find who did this," said Jason.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO. You can remain anonymous and receive a cash award for tips leading to an arrest or indictment.

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