Skip to comments.Slain teen Ja'Quares Walker's mom in shock at shooting
Posted on 05/03/2012 7:30:57 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
The mother of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot when police say he tried to rob a couple said she is in shock that her son is dead -- and even more so at the circumstances surrounding his death.
"I don't want it put out like he was a bad person or a mean person, because he wasn't," Latonya Walker, 38, said Tuesday. "This is not him, not who he was. Anybody that knew Ja'Quares knows that."
Birmingham police said Ja'Quares Cortez Walker was in a car that pulled into the parking lot of the gated Skyview Condominiums at 407 Skyview Drive shortly after 11 p.m. Friday. The condo is off Robert Jemison Drive in southwest Birmingham.
Wearing a gray shirt around his face like a bandana and armed with a loaded and cocked pistol, authorities said Ja'Quares approached a black Lexus SUV with a couple inside and ordered the driver out. The driver pulled a gun and shot Ja'Quares multiple times.
The driver's name has not been released.
Police officials on Tuesday said the case remains under investigation. Once their probe is complete, they will present their findings to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office to determine whether charges will be filed.
District Attorney Brandon Falls said he has been told that police will present the case to him no later than Thursday.
Police released no information on the Friday incident until late Monday, until then saying only that an "unclassified shooting death" had occurred.
Police Chief A.C. Roper on Tuesday said police are still investigating.
"We questioned all the people we needed to question in relation to the incident," he said.
Police still are looking for the people who were accompanying Ja'Quares on Friday night, "but no one has been arrested," said Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr., spokesman for the Birmingham Police Department.
The shooter, Williams said, talked to investigators at the scene, and he voluntarily went to the Birmingham Police headquarters.
Latonya Walker said her son, who school officials confirmed was the quarterback on the football team at Martha Gaskins Middle School, was home about 9 p.m. Friday. She said he was visiting with two of his friends and one of his brothers in the front yard of the east Birmingham home where Ja'Quares lived with his parents, two brothers and a sister.
A red Chevrolet Trail Blazer pulled up to the group of young men. Latonya Walker said she yelled out to her son and asked who was in the car. He replied that it was one of his friends and the friend's uncle, and then got in the vehicle with them.
"Mom, we're just going to the store, and we'll be right back," his mother recalled him saying. It wasn't long, she said, before she began to worry. She said she called everyone she could think of, but had no success finding her son. She said he did not have a cellphone.
"It's not like him to go anywhere and not tell me," she said.
After several hours, Latonya Walker said she called Birmingham police and reported her son missing. She said she paced the house throughout the night, and still no word came.
"It was a real rough day," she said. "I knew something wasn't right."
It wasn't until about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, she said, that a Birmingham police detective called her and asked her if she had reported her son missing.
When she said yes, he asked her to meet him and look at a photo of a youth shot to death the previous night.
Police have said they were not able to identify Ja'Quares until Saturday.
Latonya Walker said the account of her son's death doesn't make sense to her. "He got fussed at like all kids do, but he was a real respectful child," she said. "Every day was a happy day for us."
She said she just wants to know the truth.
"Even if he did this, someone had to put him up to it. Why else would 16- and 17-year-olds want to hang out with a 13-year-old boy?" she said. "It's not the way he was raised."
She said her heart is heavy, and she's still not sure everything has hit her yet.
"It's like he's still here, and I feel him holding me up," she said. "All I can do is pray, and know God was ready to take his angel."
Is that really him?
Facebook “search” “Luh Tez G”
and click through photos....there are only 6 or 8 photos... only two with an inmate.
If it’s been taken down, I saved the photos and will email them to you if you would like. FREEPmail me. So sorry...don’t know how to post them on FR.
Common practice for gang bangers. Get the 13 year old to do the "work" so his juvenile record will be sealed. The older ones risk being tried as adults.
Fox News just posted a "troubling photos emerge..." story but now I can't find it.
>”I don’t want it put out like he was a bad person or a mean person, because he wasn’t,”<
Of course he wasn’t. Good kids go around with loaded guns trying to rob people all the time. Come on people! It’s 2012! Get wit da program!
I can’t do a Facebook search unless I join Facebook and that’s not going to happen. I appreciate your efforts but I’ll see the pics posted here eventually. It’s not a problem.
Sadly, we are not permitted to talk about the answer without being labeled racist, or elite, or culturally insensitive. Until society can accept the problem and talk about it openly, nothing will be solved. Unfortunately, the people in this culture breed faster than they can be killed.
Absurd, his name didn’t make him into a thug. His lack of good, disciplinary parental guidance did.
I recall waaaay back in Criminal Law reading some cases where a defendant was convicted of the death of a co-actor, but we don’t get too many of those in my little municipal court...
In another thread it had her “poem” that she had posted on Facebook. There was a line in there that said “I never told you I cared”. Here was my rant in an imaginary letter to the “mom”. (Mom is in quotes as she is just a breeder, and not a mom.)
I never told you I cared
Theres your problem right there bit&$. Maybe if you told your SON that you cared he would still be alive. Maybe if you SHOWED your son that you cared he wouldnt have gone off gang-banging. (99% sure that is the case without reading anything about it).
What sort of mother doesnt tell her son that she cares!!?? Is it too tough to play the parent when he comes home with bad grades? Ignore it - it is too tough. I dont care. Hes only 7th grade and the grades dont matter anyway.
He leaves for the night at 9 pm and you dont wonder about him until the police call the next afternoon? Oh thats right - you dont care.
Maybe if you, his momma, had shown you cared about your boy (yes, 13 should still be considered a boy in this day and age), he would still be alive. And more importantly, he would have felt like he mattered, that he was important. Instead he had to try to find love and recognition in a gang.
So screw you mom.
The culture that names their children such as this IS what caused him to be a thug. Also, his job prospects are severely limited by his name alone, right or wrong, which means he was likely to be a thieving thug.
Surely you see and can understand that.
That poor woman. How sad to have your son derail like this and end up dead. She is right that the older members of her son’s gang planned out the car jacking crime and waited in the wings. They do this because the criminal justice system goes easy on young teens like her son. It could have been a gang initation thing.
I fully understand the man killing the one with the gun pointed at him. At the same time, when you have to kill someone, even justifiably, it is no picnic. The Black gang racist culture has to stop.
“Officer Jamarah Nevitt says there is a gang issue in the city, but a gang problem, he says, is questionable”
Yeah - it is just a few of the bad gangs that give the rest a bad name.
Oh,yeah,Mom,he’s a REAL respectful kid...
“With a name like Ja’Quares, the kid was marked for thugdom from the start.”
Exactly. The foolish mother can’t understand that she pretty much killed her own son when she named him that. It was going to be the penitentiary or the morgue for him, most likely.
Yep. It’s a common theme...
13. What a waste of life.
What is wrong with these Black people? What is with their culture?
I found mom and dad on FB. They both list “Luh Tez G” as a son.
If anyone is interested...
Latonya Leonard Walker. She lists Courtney Walker as husband. His photo is on his page, and I’m wondering if he’s the one pictured as the inmate on Luh Tez G page. Not sure.
Soso Collegeville is also listed as a son. He wrote this on his wall:
“Rip to my yung azz killa field boy luh tez g sosofairfield”
“T.I.P Luh Tez G on BOS we gone hold a tru soulja down no matter wat 25-UNO-11 Frat Bruh gone but never forgotten”
“T.I.P FieldBoy ‘’Luh Tez G’’ Gone But Not Forgotten See U When I Make It Home......... R.I.P Soulja Boy Tez G (Sent via GO SMS)”
I googled the words “Young Ass or Azz Killas” which are written on one of the photos of the deceased son next to the inmate, and came up with these lyrics...scary:
The shooter was white?
That's been around for awhile, used countless places elsewhere to commemorate the death of a gang criminal.