Penelope Parrett left her aunt's house in Florence around 10 p.m. on Friday to go to work. She had told her aunt she would return later, but ended up staying home and planning to check in with her aunt in the morning.

Instead, she woke up to a Facebook message that she hoped wasn't true.

“I rushed to her house and was stopped at the police line. The cop came over. He said, 'What do you know?' And I just said, 'I don't know enough,'” recalls Parrett, 33.

Melissa Parrett, 44, was one of four victims killed in a mass shooting in Florence Saturday morning. The other victims include Shane Miller, 20, of Florence; Hayden Rybicki, 20, of Elsmere; and Delaney Eary, 19, of Burlington.

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The shooting occurred at a 21st birthday party for Melissa's son Brendon.

Chase Garvey, 21, showed up at the party uninvited and opened fire. Garvey fled in a car and led police on a chase that ended with him driving into a ditch. Police found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Three other people were injured in the shooting, Florence police said. One of them was Melissa's 19-year-old daughter Chloe, said Penelope Parrett.

Florence police have not yet released the identities of the other injured victims, but confirmed that their condition was stable on Monday.

“A girl for life”

Melissa, known to many as Missy, was a “girly girl,” her niece said.

She loved going to concerts. Country singer Kenny Chesney was one of her favorites.

Penelope remembered going to church with her aunt and the pool parties she would throw at her house. Melissa's house was “the place you had to be growing up,” she said.

Melissa also enjoyed going to the beach with her children, Penelope said.

Above all, Melissa was an excellent mother, said Penelope. She is raising her own 10-year-old daughter and is taking her aunt's lead from her upbringing.

“I look at the relationship between her and her daughter. I think, 'That's how I want to be with my daughter,'” she said. “She would do anything for her.”

Melissa worked for eight years as a human resources specialist at Toyota Boshoku America in Erlanger, The Enquirer previously reported. During her time there, she started a bowling team at the company to raise money for a one-on-one mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.

“Missy’s dedication, hard work and positive attitude have left a lasting impression on all of us,” said Naomi Umemura Diedrichs, a company spokeswoman.

What happens next with the family

Chloe will no longer be able to attend the Luke Bryan concert she was planning to attend with her mother and a group of friends on Saturday. Brendon and Chloe's plans to go on a cruise with their mother later this summer have also been upended.

Instead, five days after the shooting, Chloe Parrett is still in the hospital and the family is solemnly planning a funeral.

Penelope Parrett said Chloe is expected to be discharged from hospital at the end of the week or early next week.

She expects that a memorial service for Melissa will take place at the end of next week.

The family must figure out what happens next with their Ridgecrest Drive home – the scene of an incident that changed the family forever – Penelope said. Plans for the house are still undecided, but the siblings know they want nothing to do with it, she said.

The Parrett family has set up a fundraising page to help the family overcome the financial burden of the incident. Anyone wishing to donate can do so here.


Florence police chief speaks out after mass shooting with four fatalities

Florence Police Chief Jeff Mallery speaks after a shooting that left four people dead and three injured. The shooter died of a self-inflicted wound.

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