New York 1 News

September 15, 2004

Former Partner Of Fallen Detective Remembers Him Fondly

As the city prepares to bury a murdered cop, a former partner remembers the kind of man he was. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez has the story.


"It's just like part of my world just ended when I found out that God called him," said Detective Robert Parker's former partner Debora Hailstalk. "I accept because I know he's with God, but it just hurts."

The two worked together in the Brooklyn North task force for two years in the early 80s but remained close. They were planning a group trip to Jamaica. But those plans ended late Friday night when Parker was killed in the line of duty.

"I had a friend call me to tell me that they had heard two detectives were shot in the 67th precinct," said Hailstalk. "So as usual, as soon as you hear an officer is hurt, I called him on his cell phone and he didn't pick up."

Parker and his partner Patrick Rafferty were both killed when they went after 28-year-old Marlon Legere in East Flatbush. It was Legere's mother who called for help saying she was afraid for her life.

Police say Legere, who had a criminal record, grabbed Parker's gun and shot the detectives. Legere is now facing two counts of first degree murder. On Tuesday, the city posthumously promoted both detectives.

"I appreciate what the city is doing with respect to his promotion," said Hailstalk. "I just wish he was here to have another promotion ceremony."

Hailstalk visited the police memorial in Battery Park City Wednesday, a site dedicated to New York's bravest who were killed in the line of duty. She retired in 2002 but says he wasn't ready to because he enjoyed his work so much. She also says he was a social butterfly who organized get-togethers and trips often with his friends.

"That's just how he was," said Hailstalk. "He welcomed everybody, because his thing was to have a good time and enjoy life. That was Bobby. He loved it and he lived it and I respect him for that and I will always love him for that."

Parker, 43, was briefly married in the 1980s and Hailstalk was in his wedding party. She says Parker has a 22-year-old daughter who lives in North Carolina and a newborn grandson.

"He just became a grandfather and he didn't have the opportunity to see his grandson," said Hailstalk. "He was just born a couple of weeks ago."

Parker's wake will be held on Thursday and his funeral on Friday.