Joseph Fowlkes' parents say their son was on his way to get a slice of pizza on Halloween night when he was gunned down and killed.
Police found Fowlkes, 27, in the 400 block of Shepherd Street NW just after 2 a.m. last Friday. He had multiple gunshot wounds, and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
News4's Shomari Stone spoke with Fowlkes' parents nearly a week after the shooting. They said their son was a hard working manager at an IHOP in D.C.'s Columbia Heights neighborhood.
Alita Adams and her husband, David, told Stone their son was walking with a friend to a 7-Eleven on Georgia Avenue early Friday morning to grab a slice of pizza when he was shot.
"I will never, ever be able to watch my son get married," Adams said. "I will never see a grandchild come from my son."
Fowlkes' co-workers said they miss his smile.
"He was a loving, caring person, a good person to talk to," Carin Carter said.
His parents said he would often work irregular hours so they weren't surprised he was out so late. Fowlkes lived in Capitol Heights, Md. and his family said he would often stay with friends when he was unable to get home after work.
No suspect information or motive has been released. If you have any information, call police at 202-727-9099. A reward of $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.