ABC 6 Exclusive: Family of Man Killed in West Warwick Hit-and-Run Seeks Justice

Michael Parrish, 56, of West Warwick died Saturday night, just hours after being run over not once, but twice outside his home on Hartman Court in West Warwick. Police say it was all over a dirt bike. 

Michael Parrish, was the bass layer for the band Nasty Habits. The music stopped Saturday when his West Warwick cul-de-sac turned into a crime scene.

Police say it all started when Parrish yelled at a man on a dirt bike for making a lot of noise on Hartman Court early that morning. The driver sped off, but then came back with two more men in a tan jeep. They asked Parrish to come out, and when he did, they ran him over twice and fled.

Police later caught up with the driver, Justin Schoonmaker and the two passengers, Marvin Abercrombie and Christopher Schreffler.

“He was like a father figure to me,” Michael Nigro, Parrish's nephew, said. “He taught me how to play baseball and how to be a man.”

After hearing the commotion Saturday, Nigro ran out just in time to watch the tires roll over his uncle's head.

“He woke up that morning and he was going to get a cello. He was going to look at cellos in South County,” Nigro said. “And he wasn't able to do that.”

The band Parrish was part of has released a statement on their Facebook page saying, “Michael everyone knew of your talent as a musician, but it was your perpetually positive smiling way that made everything you touched that much better.”

Now all they want is justice for their bass player now gone.

“We're going to go to court everyday,” Nigro said. “We're not going to let them forget what they did to my uncle. They will play.”