INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) - A U.S. Army non-commissioned officer from Hardin County has been arrested in connection with a murder in Indianapolis.
German Parra, 26, of Elizabethtown, is a military police sergeant currently on active duty at Fort Knox. A Fort Knox spokesman said Parra has been in the Army since January 2012 and assigned to the 34th Military Police Detachment since the unit arrived at the post in October 2018.
The shooting, which happened April 7, left 16-year-old Xavier Weir dead. Police said it was recorded on a nearby surveillance camera.
Court documents say two teens had been in the car with Weir told police the victim posted on Snapchat that he was selling marijuana and THC cartridges. Weir also posted a short video showing a stack of money.
Another 16-year-old, who was arrested four days after the shooting, said that he and Parra went after the victim in retaliation for the robbery of the teen's brother some months earlier. The teen also said he had been threatened by the victim for days before the deadly encounter.
Videos, witness statements and other evidence led police to Parra, who was referred to as “The Army Guy.”
Court documents say detectives drove to Fort Knox with a limited arrest/search warrant to obtain a DNA sample, photographs and fingerprints from Parra. Parra invoked his right to an attorney so he was not interviewed.
As investigators searched his living quarters on post, they found the sweatshirt Parra was believed to have been wearing in surveillance video the night of the shooting.
Multiple witnesses said Parra was the driver of a blue Subaru that was there at the time of the shooting.
Weir’s mother is still trying to process what happened.
“What would motivate him to do something like this? It’s not like he’s a child that’s not thinking,” Michelle Raines said. “He’s 26 years old. He took my kid and I’ll never see him. And he protects the country? Like he’s a monster. He’s a monster."
Parra, who Fort Knox officials say lists Indianapolis as his hometown, was taken into custody April 23 by U.S. Marshals on an Indiana warrant for murder. He is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center while awaiting extradition to the Indianapolis area.