Hanford Police make an arrest in 2016 murder cold case


Hanford Police have made an arrest in 2016 cold case murder investigation after they decided to reopen the case in May.

Eric Parker was shot and killed on March 16, 2016 on South Redington Street. At the time, Hanford Police determined the shooting was gang-related but without enough evidence or leads, the case went cold.

In May, they decided to reopen the case.

“When the crime originally happened it was gang-related so a lot of people were afraid to talk and give information to police at that time however a couple of years have passed and we realized they were more forthcoming with information,” said Hanford Police Sergeant Justin Vallin.

Police arrested 26-year-old James Vargas, a known gang member with an extensive criminal history.

It’s been a painful three years for Parker’s family.

“Eric did not deserve to die. Everything was just falling in place for him, he was looking for a job he just had a new baby,” said Parker’s cousin Regina.

Parker was a father of three, including a 5-month-old, at the time of his murder. His family insists he was never involved in gangs and was the glue that kept the family together.

“Eric was the peacemaker, the go-getter, the person that gathered the family together and since Eric has been gone there’s been a separation,” said Regina.

For local, national, and breaking news, and to get weather alerts, download our FREE mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don’t Miss

Join the Pro Football Challenge
Sunday Morning Matters
MedWatch Today
Hispanic Heritage
Bulldog Insider: The Podcast
The Valley's Armenia
Pros Who Know

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact Investigative Reporter Erik Rosales and let him be

On Your Side.

Email erikrosales@cbsfresno.com

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.