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."
“At the same time, when you have to kill someone, even justifiably, it is no picnic. “
My son shot someone and never felt better-—because HE IS ALIVE and the thug is dead.
One doesn’t always experience TV-cop-showish anguish over shooting someone that was going to kill you.
Others may differ.
I absolutely agree with you. The 2nd Amendment IS the PERMISSION!
When, why and how was permission from gov brought about?
Just like Al Queda and, come to think of it, the Occupy protestors.”
Had not occurred to me but what you say makes sense.
Countries like Syria and Lebanon have their masters too when it comes to jerking around Israel - proxy wars.
The accomplice could be charged with all sorts of things, such as conspiracy, along with all the charges stemming from the original crime. What was supposed to be a simple armed robbery has probably turned into a life sentence for the accomplice.
Even though that is genuine we will probably never see it on tv......will see pics of him at 5 years old holding a puppy.
Well, much as the term "niggaz" is a somewhat acceptable reference to black urban youths, the terms reference above mean White urban youths, Hispanic urban youths, and Jewish urban youths.
“Thugdom is celebrated and I can show you a couple of dozen pictures of white kids from good middle class families who a have had equally stupid pictures on FB.”
Not only middle class, but RICH...I mean BIG rich. Trust me....
“Whats the answer?”
I think if ‘white’ Americans (AKA Taxpayers) would simply agree to reparations to 100% of all African Americans, we could, as Rodney King suggested, “All just get along.”
Do I need a sarcasm tag?
“.....RICH...I mean BIG rich. Trust me....”
That has to be rare.