Services set this week for Princeville man killed in Aurora shooting

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Princeville native Clayton Parks, one of the victims of the Aurora shooting last week, will be laid to rest this weekend.

Parks, 32, of Elgin, was one of five people killed last Friday at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora.

Services have been set for Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Willow Funeral Home, 1415 W. Algonquin Road in Algonquin. A 2 p.m. chapel service is set. Internment will be held privately.

“Clay was a force to be reckoned with. He commanded attention when he entered a room and could strike up a conversation with anyone he came into contact with. His smile and his laugh were contagious, and he was a fierce protector of his family and friends,” said his obituary.

Parks is survived by his wife and son. A gofundme has been set up by for the family to help with funeral expenses and for his sons college fund.

Parks wife shared this on Facebook, “Every time I’ve closed my eyes over the last twelve hours, I’ve opened them hoping to wake from a terrible dream, but that’s not the case. I’m living my worst nightmare. My husband, my love, my best friend, and the incredible father of our sweet son was taken from us yesterday in the shooting in Aurora, and I am devastated. Axel and I have been surrounded by friends and family and are appreciative of all of the prayers and support we are receiving. Beneath all the fog and the shock, and the crushing pain, I believe the same God that brought us together and gave us our precious son will somehow carry us through. I’ll love you always and miss you forever, Clay.”

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