“Autopsies reveal multiple gunshot wounds in fatal shooting of Nakie Brown and Dustin Parrie Jr. at West Bank shipyard”

By | July 19, 2023



The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in Louisiana has completed autopsies on two men who were fatally shot by a disgruntled ex-coworker at a shipyard in the West Bank. Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, the coroner, revealed that both victims, Nakie Brown (48 years old) and Dustin Parrie Jr. (20 years old), sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

According to Cvitanovich, the victims were shot between five and ten times, with injuries spread across their arms, legs, torso, and one gunshot wound to the head. The incident occurred when Willis Thomas Jr., a convicted felon who had recently been fired from his job, returned to his former workplace, the FMT shipyard, with the intention of killing former coworkers.

The tragedy has left the local community shocked and saddened. The sudden loss of two lives in such a senseless act of violence has undoubtedly had a profound impact on their families, friends, and colleagues. The shipyard, which should be a place of productivity and safety, has now become a site of tragedy and heartbreak.

This incident highlights the importance of addressing workplace safety and ensuring the well-being of employees. It serves as a reminder that workplace violence can occur, even in seemingly secure environments. Employers must take steps to prevent such incidents and provide employees with the necessary support and resources to deal with conflicts or potential threats.

As the community mourns the loss of Brown and Parrie Jr., it is crucial to support their families and colleagues during this difficult time. The tragedy also emphasizes the need for comprehensive background checks and stricter regulations regarding the employment of convicted felons, particularly in roles that may involve potential risks or access to weapons.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office, along with law enforcement agencies, will continue their investigations into the incident to ensure justice is served for the victims and their families..