Ada police identify murder victim, friend of victim speaks out

ADA, Okla. (KXII) - Ada police are asking for help with information in a murder investigation.

Ada Police said a call on their crime stoppers tip line led them to a house near the intersection of West 12th Street and Bluff Avenue Friday morning.

That is when they found 58-year-old Bernard Parish dead inside the house.

Neighbors said he was shot, but police say they are still investigating the cause of death.

Amy Williams said she has known Parish for 13 years and would visit him nearly every day.

"I can't think of anybody who would have anything bad to say about Bernie so I'm really shocked," Williams said. "I'm really upset."

Williams said Parish had a big network of friends, who are all shocked now about his death.

"When we first moved down here from Olathe, Kansas to Ada, he was the first person I met in Oklahoma," Williams said. "He was always with a smile. That's how he greeted me."

Williams said Parish worked as a handyman and mechanic who had a wonderful sense of humor.

"He had a one of a kind laugh and his jokes," Williams said. "He was always joking, had the funniest jokes. He could fix just about anything. Anything from scratch, to things you didn't think could be repaired, he could do it."

Ada Police said they have not arrested anyone in connection with Parish's murder and they are asking anyone who has more information to either call them at 580-332-4466 or their anonymous tipline at 580-33-CATCH.

"Whoever did it needs to come forward," Williams said. "This is crazy. I mean, he didn't deserve this."