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Family of beloved MTA driver honor him call for peace at vigil

Posted at 9:31 PM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 00:16:15-04

BALTIMORE — A beloved father is dead, and a police officer is recovering after two separate attacks on Maryland Transit Authority employees this week.

Shaka Kamara Jr. was arrested for the assault on a MTA Police Officer at the Upton Metro Subway Station.

There are several videos circulating on social media of that officer unconscious.

We felt they were too graphic to share.

“It’s like unbelievable, things like this in Baltimore City that can happen,” said James Monroe.

Monroe is a long time friend of Marcus Parks.

The family and friends of Parks held a vigil for the 51-year old father of three who was killed while working last week.

“He meant a lot to everybody that is here right now, he meant a lot to me and my brother,”Parks son Aaron said. “He was a supporter. He worked hard for us. He provided for us. He was a great friend. He did whatever he could do for the community.”’

He drove buses for MTA for 20 years and was a graduate of Lake Clifton Eastern High School.

The entire school community feeling the loss of a man who never missed a basketball or football game.

“We know the legacy he left behind,” Monroe said. “We know he was at every football game every basketball game.”

Parks’ friends described him as a jokester who loved making people smile.

“Celebrating his life not his death, his life. Because he was a great person,” said Patrice Nelson Felton.

Police charged Cameron Silcot and Nichelle Green with first and second degree murder and several weapon related charges.

Police say the MTA officer that was assaulted is recovering from non life threatening injuries.