Memorial held in honor of Lee’s Summit man killed one year ago while wife fights for justice

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Family and friends gathering on Thursday night will mark one year since a Lee's Summit man was shot and killed near The University of Kansas Hospital.

A man who worked for Michel Ziade, 47-year-old Willie Parker, is charged with first degree murder in Ziade's death.

“I remember the day that this happened, we went to breakfast, we had a meeting, he brought me back home, he fixed lunch, and he said 'I’ll be back,'” recalled Kristin Ziade, Michel's widow.

But he never did come back.

“The first thing that was going through my mind is he’s going to be okay because he was at the hospital when this happened,” Ziade said.

She got a phone call back on July 282015 -- her 52-year-old husband Michel had been shot, allegedly by one of his own employees at First Class Medical Transportation.

“When I arrived to the emergency room, he was already gone,” Ziade said.

Two days later after a nearly six-hour standoff, police arrested Parker. Still, a year later, Kristin says she’s still unsure what might have led up to it all.

“Just been a lot of confusion on what actually happened on that day,” Ziade added.

Parker’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 16.

“I will fight for the rest of my life to make sure that Michel receives justice,” said Ziade.

Kristin says while she patiently waits for justice for her husband, she’s managed to run their company on her own, while trying to keep it together for their 6-year-old daughter, Talia.

“It’s been extremely difficult, every day is difficult, every day when you wake up it’s a reminder that he’s not here,” Ziade said. “I have a little girl that I’m responsible for, so I have no option but to get up and do the things that I have to do to for her.”

The memorial for Michel was set for 6:30 p.m., with family and friends; they will be holding a balloon release in his memory.

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