Cold Case: No arrests in 2004 U Street flea market slaying

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Anthony Clifford Parks and his wife was closing up shop at the flea market on the U Street corridor when the two men appeared suddenly.

One of the men pulled out a gun and shot the 48-year-old vendor in the chest. Then they were gone.

That was more than nine years ago, Jan. 10, 2004, and there have been no arrests. Parks is one of the thousands of unsolved homicides in the capital region, and D.C. police continue looking for information that can lead to Parks' killers.

Parks' wife, Debbie, was just feet away when her husband was shot. They were newlyweds, having tied the knot six months earlier.

The couple was saving to buy a house, but their regular jobs weren't enough, so they started selling clothing on weekends at the market at 14th and V streets NW.

As the sun went down, along with the cold temperatures, the couple began to close up for the day. The wife heard scuffling, then two shots. Her husband collapsed, Debbie screamed, and the men ran away.

The men didn't take anything. Her husband still had about $268 in his wallet.

D.C. police are still seeking help in this case and are offering a $25,000 for information that leads to a conviction. Anyone with information can call police at 202-727-9099.

Readers who would like to have a cold-case homicide -- a killing that remains unsolved after three years -- featured on the Crime & Punishment page can email Scott McCabe at smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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