Family of Murdered Pine Bluff Teen Speaks Out

PINE BLUFF, Ark -- A murdered Pine Bluff teen's aunt is giving more insight into her nephew's life and his relations with the person police said killed him.

Sheets of artwork fill Kimberly Ellisworth's lap.

"This must be the Eiffel Tower," said Ellisworth. "Greyhound bus."

The pieces were drawn by her nephew, Parius Hicks.

"He was an excellent drawer," said Ellisworth.

They are some of the final sketches made by the 18-year-old.

"We just trying to hold on," said Ellisworth.

Pine Bluff police said Hicks was found dead on the side of a road near 28th and Hazel Wednesday morning.

"It's hard," said Ellisworth. "He was a beautiful child and he was well loved and he just loved everybody."

According to a police affidavit, Hicks was walking with MacArthur Eans, 16, and another teen, when Eans asked Hicks to see his gun.

"I didn't know him to have a gun, because I just can't see him with a gun," said Ellisworth.

The report said Hicks gave Eans his weapon ... Eans then got behind Hicks and shot him in the back of the head.

"I just kind of broke down," said Ellisworth. "That was hard, because he was just like my own child."

Kimberly said Eans was Hicks' friend and that she'd met him before.

"I said I hope it wasn't one of them boys I done let stay here and I feed him and everything ... and come to find out [Thursday] that it was," said Ellisworth.

Hicks, who played football and basketball, also loved to sing and learn.

"He's a jack of many trades," said Ellisworth. "He can do it all."

Hicks was shot to death, just two months shy of graduating from Pine Bluff High School.

"It's hard," said Ellisworth. "He will be well missed."

Police said they are investigating the motive behind the deadly shooting. Investigators said Eans will be charged as an adult with capital murder.

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