Shooting victim remembered
At the funeral, Steven tucked a set of keys into his brother’s hand. The keys were to a 1987 Trans Am that he and his brother, Bradley Parent, were working to fix up.
Bradley never finished the car. On Feb. 9, 2000, at the age of 16, he was shot and killed by a friend.
Bradley moved to South Lake Tahoe from Sacramento when he was 6. He loved to ride his BMX racing bike and play loud rap music. He also loved to make friends and was loyal to the ones he had.
“He would do anything for his friends,” said his mother, Loretta Ripley. “Sometimes he would get in trouble helping his friends.”
His friends haven’t deserted him. More than 300 people came to Bradley’s funeral. Ripley said friends recently came by to celebrate what would have been his 17th birthday.
“He was not a loner, whether it was two people or 200 it didn’t matter,” Ripley said. “He was a clown. He had an infectious humor. He’d walk into a room and everybody would laugh.”
Bradley’s tentative career plans were to help Steve, one of three brothers and a sister, open a muscle-car shop.
“He went everywhere with me,” Steve said, recalling going on drives with Bradley to Sacramento and Reno. “We went just to drive around.”
Steve spent time volunteering for South Lake Tahoe Police’s Explorer program. So did Bradley.
Ripley said Bradley’s death was incredibly hard for her family, especially Bradley’s 12-year-old sister, Tiffany.
“This is something you never get over. Steven’s been strong, but Tiffany is mush,” Ripley said.
In court on Tuesday, the second day Thomas O’Connor was on trial for her son’s murder, Ripley clutched a picture of her son and tried to hold back tears as witnesses recounted how her son was shot to death.
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