12-year-old dies; counselors on hand to support classmates


Counselors were on hand Monday to support classmates of a 12-year-old boy who died in a shooting over the weekend.

Qunishun Parks was allegedly shot by another boy Saturday afternoon and died Sunday of his injuries. Pine Bluff police Lt. Bob Rawlinson said the shooting was reported at about noon Saturday in the 2100 block of East Harding Avenue.

Parks was a student at Belair Middle School and Principal Robbie Williams described the mood there as “somber” Monday.

“We just saw him Friday, and like a lot of the other students, we told him we looked forward to seeing him Monday,” Williams said. “Of course that didn’t happen and a lot of the kids are still in shock.”

Williams said counselors from the Pine Bluff School District central office, area pastors and others were on hand Monday to talk to anyone who wanted to talk.

“I met with my staff first, and we had an assembly for all the students because we’re like a family,” Williams said. “We had support from the superintendent on down here for the kids.”

Parks died early Sunday morning at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he had been taken after he received a gunshot wound to the upper body, Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said.

Kelly said the child’s body would be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory at Little Rock Sunday afternoon where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

Rawlinson said the 14-year-old boy who allegedly did the shooting surrendered to police but no weapon was recovered.

Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said Monday the suspect in the boy’s death is being held on probable cause at the juvenile detention center. Because of his age, his name is not being released.

Hunter said his office will be filing a petition in juvenile court in the next few days alleging some type of homicide against the boy. The exact nature of that charge is still to be determined.

The shooting death was the second in two days reported to police.

On Friday, officers were sent to the 2300 block of Jonquil Street where the body of Roger Bohannon Jr., 21, was found in the bathroom of the house. Bohannon was pronounced dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene.

Kelley said Bohannon’s body was also sent to the State Crime Laboratory.

Anyone with information about either shooting should contact the Detective Division at 730-2090 and all calls will be kept confidential.