Originally created 09/30/00

Father of Chargers player shot to death



GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The father of San Diego Chargers player John Parrella was shot to death at his home Friday.

The body of 63-year-old Joe Parrella was found by sheriff's deputies responding to a home security alarm at 3 a.m. CDT, the sheriff's department said.

No suspects have been identified, and the body was taken to Omaha for an autopsy.

Parrella was a local car dealer. Business associates told The Grand Island Independent that Parrella was looking at the security alarm when he was shot twice outside the house.

Parrella flew to Nebraska early Friday to be with his family. Chargers coach Mike Riley told the team about the death before practice.

"That was probably as shocked as I have ever seen them," Riley said. "It's hard to describe how you feel about something like that. It is just shocking."

John Parrella has played defensive tackle for the Chargers since 1994. The former Nebraska star was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1993.

"They had a bond as a father and son, but more important, they were buddies," Chargers linebacker Junior Seau said. "With all the players we have on the team, we wish we had a bond as tight as they did."