Ex-YSU player Wicks II found slain in Akron

Akron Beacon Journal


Former Youngstown State football player Paris D. Wicks II was fatally shot behind an Akron convenience store last week.

Wicks II, 23, was killed by a single gunshot to the torso, a Summit County Medical Examiner’s investigator said.

A running back, Wicks walked on to YSU in 2008 and was on the team in 2008 and 2009, although he did not letter or record any statistics. He was YSU’s scout special teams player of the week in September 2009.

His father, Paris Wicks, was inducted into the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992. The elder Wicks was a two-time first team All-America selection (1981-82). He is the school’s sixth-leading rusher with 3,101 career yards and also scored 30 touchdowns.

The shooting occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 behind the Lovers Lane Market at Lovers Lane and South Arlington Street. Officers found Wicks’ body lying in a rear parking lot of the store.

Summit County Common Pleas Court records show Paris Wicks II was arrested June 28 on a low-level felony drug charge, along with a first-degree misdemeanor charge of driving under suspension for failure to obtain proper insurance.

The drug-possession charge was dismissed by motion of the prosecutor in an Aug. 14 plea bargain, and he pleaded guilty to only the misdemeanor driving offense.

After a March 2011 arrest, he was indicted for receiving stolen property, improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and two misdemeanor charges.

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