Victoria Chamilien last spoke with her cousin Sam Walker after he returned from a police station, where he viewed surveillance footage of the killing of his 13-year-old son.
“He was heartbroken but he wasn’t questioning God’s timing,” Chamilien said of Walker, who had lamented the loss of his teen-aged son, Samuel “Lil’ Sam” Walker. “He was hurt as any father would be. Lil Sam was his first son and child.”
But on Thursday, Chamilien and other family members had to grieve the loss of both the father and son after the elder Walker was fatally shot on the West Side.
Sam Walker, 34, known by friends as “Boolord,” was found shot several times in the 4100 block of West Crystal Street about 9 a.m. and died on the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police said Walker was connected to gangs but it was unclear what led to the shooting.
No arrests have been made.
“It hurts so much because we grew up together,” Chamilien said of the elder Walker. “He was lying on the ground in a gangway shot in his torso and his head.”
His death came six days after his son was shot and killed about four miles away in the Lawndale neighborhood.
That shooting happened just before 6 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Lexington Street and California Avenue. Six others were also injured in what police said was a drive-by shooting.
Friends at the scene of the killing said the younger Walker was preparing to start at Manley High School this fall.
Chamilien said the elder Walker lost his mother to an asthma attack when she was 28 and turned to the Vice Lords street gang as a means for survival.
“Given different circumstances and the right opportunities, he could have went far,” she said, adding the elder Walker was a rapper who went by the name of “The Specialist” and was constantly in the studio working on his music.
Chamilien said the younger Walker, who, according to police was also gang-affiliated, was a smart boy who only wanted his father in his life.
“He just wanted his dad around and he started hanging out with the wrong kids,” she said. “I knew my little cousin from the inside, not what the police have said about him. He was looking forward to high school, he was just trying to find his way.”
The boy’s funeral had been scheduled for Saturday morning at Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith in Maywood, according to family friends. Chamilien said the boy’s mother is trying to arrange for the father and son to have the same funeral.
Chamilien said the younger Walker is survived by four siblings.
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