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."
Yep, IF I ever see a Ja’Quares at the top of a resume...in the trash can it goes! *Swish!*
(Same for anyone named LaShayshawndra, Dequender, Damika Lashundra, Demarius, Demarae, Dayshaun et al.)
Thankfully I’ve never had to, as the jobs that I fill require education, skills, degrees and licensure...something, frankly, these people tend to lack.
Skin tone of shooter not described. I hope this does not turn into another Trayvon Martin case.
Given the evidence that seems to be "in plain sight"--
That this young man was committing a felony while using a [cocked/loaded] firearm...
The mother's reflection on her son's life and tragic passing...
Seems plainly -- this was a necessary use of force in self-defense--
(as was Zimmerman's use of force against T_Martin--IMO)
That doesn't make it any less sad for the family...
Or for the city in matter of fact--
This young man had a lot going for him.... still in school, etc.
Anyone who attempts to fan the flames of racial division with THIS Birmingham case....
It will tell us a lot more about their publicity-pimp motives...
--than the purported "racism" of the self-defense shooter.
Just my humble....
Why am I picturing a 400-pound mass of laziness?
I wonder if those boys he was with will go to Ja’Quares’ funeral, or if they look at him as just another expendible piece of cannon fodder for the gang.
You forgot "Dammsha'ame"
Looks a bit like English for Jacks Cars.
Or he was already initiated. Lots of times, a gang will let the youngest member have the gun, since he's least likely to do hard time. I would guess the plan was to have JaQuares do the actual robbery, while the friends would have handled fencing the loot.
Found this in another forum says the shooter is white.
Put the phone down when you're committing armed robbery. The guy you're trying to rob may take advantage of the distraction.
Need I say it? Darwin Award winner.
I posted the Alabama murder statute in #14. Please read carefully and comment on its applicability to the present case.
Why? Does she imagine her little "angel" is also pointing a gun in her face?
Technically, I’m curious exactly how this went down. Where did the driver have his piece? Was the window open and if so, why? Did he shoot through the window?
I have to think the driver had his weapon out already by the time the kid got to the car window...
God gave him free will, and he used that gift unwisely.
Hey, cut Mom a break, she’s another one of those African-American Scrabble champions.
It is hard enough raising a teenager these days, I thank God that I am not trying to do it in the Black community. Talk about a stacked deck. A prayer for that mom.
Well if the shooter is white, and he was defending himself against a hold up, will the liberals be able to use this case to charge that we are a racist society and all that????
If they try to take this and make a Trayvon Martin case out of it, it would prove that it’s all about political correctness and making political statements.
How much do liberals care that a 13 year old boy is dead?
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