An argument at a downtown Macon restaurant led to the shooting death of Pastor Brandon Parker and the arrest of his girlfriend.
Tracia Yvonne Hubbard, 48, was charged with murder just before 2 a.m. Saturday, according to Bibb County jail records.
A Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release stated that a woman was kneeling over Parker’s body when deputies arrived.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.
Jones stepped in for Parker Saturday afternoon and accepted a proclamation in honor of the slain man’s grandfather, the Rev. Jacob Parker.
“I’ve been knowing him for a while and I’ve been knowing the family for a while,” Jones said.
The 33-year-old Parker was found dead outside 739 Grosso Ave., which is listed as Hubbard’s address on jail records.
“It’s a domestic issue that escalated,” Jones said. “It started at a downtown restaurant. They were at Tic Toc.”
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman had met with Parker a couple of weeks ago to arrange for the proclamation declaring Elm Street as Rev. Jacob Parker Memorial Way, in honor of Parker’s 87-year-old grandfather, who led the congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
On his Facebook page, Tillman requested that the community support the Saturday afternoon ceremony, which went on as planned.
He characterized the ceremony afterward as “bittersweet.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out with the entire family ... It’s just a tragic loss and situation,” Tillman said.
The younger Parker was to succeed his grandfather at the church, Jones said.
“I speak at that Ebenezer Church and I have spoken to the youth group about backing down and backing away,” said Jones, who was mourning Parker’s death.
Tillman posted this message on Facebook: “May God welcome Pastor Brandon Parker to his kingdom.”
“He was a young man that had his head on strong, and he was a passionate pastor,” Tillman said by telephone. “He eulogized my aunt at her passing a month or so ago ... He was just a great young man and a great young pastor ... a young, dynamic preacher.”
Commissioner Larry Schlesinger, who spoke at Saturday’s ceremony, said the younger Parker’s death is a true tragedy.
“The timing with Pastor Parker’s dedication of the street in his name and his anniversary service tomorrow makes it all the more tragic for the family that’s been a presence for decades,” Schlesinger said earlier Saturday.
After the ceremony, Jones noted the need for prayer.
“The family is in turmoil now, so we we need prayer,” Jones said. “That’s all we can do.
“This family needs prayer. This church needs prayer, and this community needs prayer,” he said.
Anyone with any information related to the fatal shooting is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
Writers Becky Purser and Stanley Dunlap and photographer Jason Vorhees contributed to this article.