Johnny Wactor’s friend Micah Parker reacts to his death and calls for ‘justice in his name’

Memories and tributes for Johnny Wactor Continue arriving after the last hour. General Hospital the actor was shot dead in a tragic incident that occurred over the weekend.

Actor Micah Parker, who describes Wactor as one of his “best friends,” shared a heartfelt video on Instagram making a call to action for his followers.

“Johnny Wactor was an amazing guy,” he told the camera. “I mean, we really lost a man. Everything good about a man we lost. And he came out a hero.”

According a report from the los angeles county coroner obtained by ET, Wactor died by homicideThe manner of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

The actor, best known for his role as Brando Corbin in General Hospitalwas killed in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday morning during an alleged theft of a catalytic converter. He was 37 years old.

Johnny’s brother Grant told him The Daily Mail Monday that the actor was protecting his co-worker, Anita Joy, from robbers when he was fatally wounded.

Johnny Wactor played Brando Corbin on General Hospital from 2020 to 2022.getty

“When I found out early Sunday morning that he was shot, I knew, I knew that if there was anyone there, he had taken the bullet,” Parker said in his video. “He’s the kind of person he was. He never shied away. He never shied away from difficult conversations, difficult tasks, emotionally and mentally.”

Parker also shared that Wactor was sober at the time of his death.

“He was in such a good place and we need to keep his story alive,” he continued. “We need to keep making noise, because this is going to keep happening, unfortunately. This city is in ruins. And if you don’t agree and you don’t believe it, then you are blind and lying to yourself.”

Parker, 35, urged her followers to donate to a crowdfunding site to support the late star’s family. She then promised a continued effort to bring about policy changes in Los Angeles, California.

“This will not be the last word. We are going to make some noise about it,” he declared. “(Wactor’s) legacy is one of strength, tenacity, honesty and integrity, and we’re going to continue that and impose that on the city and the state.”

In her caption, Parker called for “Justice for Johnny.”

“What is happening in our cities is not right. City and state ‘leadership’ has enabled criminals and emboldened them,” he wrote. “The theft of catalytic converters is a brazen act that criminals would not attempt in a densely populated area unless they knew there would be no consequences. That is a lack of leadership. Now my friend, my brother, a true treasure is dead.”

He continued, “Stay tuned for more information as we take steps to pressure the city to take back our streets from these cowards and criminals who currently run it. I am heartbroken and angry, and now I want to channel all that emotion into real justice in his name. Who is with me?”

Johnny Wactor in 2023Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

According to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department, witnesses reported that Wactor had finished his bartending shift at a local bar and walked to his parked car. He was met by three individuals who appeared to be in the process of stealing the vehicle’s catalytic converter and shot him without provocation. Wactor was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

“The three suspects involved were wearing dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan,” the statement said. “The suspects fled north on Hope St. The Central Homicide Bureau is investigating the case and is asking for the public’s help.”

In a chilling coincidence, Parker appeared on a 2018 episode of ABC. Take two – starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian – in a scene during which he was held at gunpoint next to a car.

Micah Parker appears in a 2018 episode of Take Two titled Family Ties.Jack Rowand/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

On Wednesday, Wactor’s surviving co-worker, Anita Joy, broke his silence On Instagram.

“I needed to take some time to collect myself and gather my thoughts,” Joy began her lengthy post on Wednesday. “I was with Johnny in his last moments and I am here to be his voice after such unimaginable events.”

Joy added: “He was senselessly murdered by a coward who reacted without caring about the beautiful life he was leading. So I’m angry, I’m sad and I’m with all the feelings and once… but most of all, I’m here for justice of Johnny.”

He continued recounting the events of the night.

“My friend of eight years went from laughing together, working together, leaving our waitress shift and walking to our cars, to dying in my arms on the streets of DTLA in the dark hours of 3am,” she wrote.

“It all happened in an instant,” Joy continued. “I’ve come to describe it as a glass of water that’s tipped over and you’re struggling to grab it and keep it from spilling completely, but it just slips through your fingers and disappears.”

In her post, Joy said she and Wactor “cautiously approached the men, asking them what they were doing, at first thinking they were towing the car.”

“We were no threat and Johnny stayed calm like he always did, simply saying it was his car and to leave. With his hands open at his sides in peace,” Joy wrote. “Johnny was between me and the man who shot him; when I heard the shot in the night, he fell hard into my arms and as I grabbed him, I screamed, ‘Honey, are you okay?’ And he just said, ‘No! Shot!'”

Joy said her “only peace” in the situation was that Wactor was not alone when he died.

“My only other peace will be seeing these horrible men brought to justice,” he added.

Johnny Wactor on General HospitalScott Kirkland/ABC via Getty Images

Earlier this week, ET spoke with Wactor’s ex-fiancĂ©eTessa Farrell, on the devastating loss.

He Barbee Rehab The actress shared that she is still in shock and disbelief over the loss of her former partner, whom she originally met in 2013 after moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. While they eventually broke up after a brief engagement in the late 2010s, Farrell said they remained friends until her death.

When she found out what had really happened through a phone call, she was shocked and held out hope that he might still be alive, which quickly faded.

“I wonder, ‘Where was he shot?’ You know, ‘Where is he now? I want to, you know, go see him or help him.’ And she didn’t initially tell me where he was shot,” Farrell said of the phone call. “She just said he didn’t make it. And at that point, there’s nothing I can do, you know, nothing anyone can say or do to change that.”

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