Jacksonville, Fla. — The family of a local U.S. Coast Guard member shot and killed in 2021 will share today how her death has affected their lives as they give impact statements at her killer’s sentencing hearing in Duval County court.
Tyree Parker pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder and armed robbery in the killing of Carolyn Schollert. According to the state attorney’s office, Parker faces a minimum of 25 years in prison for the plea.
In August 2021, Schollert confronted Parker while breaking into cars outside her home in Riverside. A 911 dispatcher was on the line when Parker shot Schollert and ran, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.
Schollert was found unconscious in her driveway and rushed to the hospital by first responders, but later died. She was 27 years old. Days before, her fiance had asked her to marry him.
“I can’t walk her down the aisle. I don’t get to see her grow up,” her father, Pat Scholert, previously told News 4 Jax. “Not only did he rob me, he robbed her fiance, my wife, her brother, her family.”
Several pieces of evidence were recorded near the scene, including surveillance video linking Parker to the crime. The sheriff’s office said he used a gun that had been reported stolen a week earlier.
“It’s not a surprise,” Pat Scholert said. “I knew the evidence against him was overwhelming. He finally comes to the end of his line and I guess it’s a relief that there aren’t many other options.
Carolyn Schollert was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the department for nearly three years.
Pat Scholert said her daughter always rooted for the underdog and advocated for women in the military. He hopes Parker gets the maximum sentence.
Court records show the court has set aside at least two hours for the hearing, which will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday
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