More than 10 weeks after Sean Francis Parker was found dead in the trunk of an abandoned car near Sonoma State University, his family still has no answers as to what happened in his final hours.
The clues lie in a three-day span between Jan. 11, when he flew into a drunken rage and drove away from a Santa Rosa home, and Jan. 14, when a deputy found his body in a car illegally parked on Petaluma Hill Road.
"It hurts to the pit of my stomach to think of his last few hours, what he went through," said his uncle, Cliff Parker of Modesto.
Sonoma County sheriff's officials aren't disclosing how Parker was killed, saying those details are essential as they interrogate suspects.
Deputies have been piecing together the hours and have theories as to what occurred, Lt. Dennis O'Leary said. Physical evidence from the car is under analysis at a state lab and they expect it to help confirm their suspicions.
"We believe that once we get the results that it will point us in the direction of who committed the crime," O'Leary said.
Parker leaves behind two sons, ages 9 and 3.
"You always worry about what your kids are up to, but not like this," said his mother, Elana Parker, 55, of Manteca. "This was not something I could have ever dreamed up in my worst nightmares."
Authorities initially were investigating whether a Jan. 11 domestic violence incident between Parker and the mother of his children sparked the events that led to his death. However that is no longer the focus of their investigation, O'Leary said.
The boys' mother, Crystal Borsik, 29, of Santa Rosa, said she doesn't know who killed the man she's known since they were 13 in Petaluma. Although they weren't in a relationship, they always remained close and relied on each other even throughout turmoil, she said.
"That night I guess he'd gotten into a pursuit with police," and ran from the car, Borsik said. "He called me and said he needed a ride. When I went to pick him up, he was enraged, blacked out, drunk, I think."
Parker stabbed her in the elbow and kicked down her door, Borsik said.
"He got the car keys, took off and left and that was the last time I saw him," Borsik said.
She heard he was with several friends the next day.
Borsik said that she considered Parker family although he was troubled. She said Parker loved his sons and helped raise them, including staying home with them during their early years.
"We always found each other," Borsik said. "He always tried to be really involved with the boys."
Parker grew up in the Central Valley town of Manteca and Petaluma, where he attended Casa Grande High School for a time before finishing school in juvenile hall.
Parker named his first born after his father Maurice Parker, who died at age 39 in 1996 when Parker was 13.
Cliff Parker said he helped his sister-in-law raise Parker and his brother Justin during the years they lived close by, sometimes in the same building. The boys grew up with their cousins, Cliff Parker's three daughters.
"I don't have any boys and him and Justin are as close as I've got," Cliff Parker said. "One of the five is gone; when we get together now one of them is missing."