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Cricketer, 16, shot dead near home

By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Tuesday, March 11 2014

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Grieving family: Nicole Walker, left, and Kerry Ann Walker, the aunts of murder victim Ackinton Walker leave the Forensic Science Centre, St James fol...
Grieving family: Nicole Walker, left, and Kerry Ann Walker, the aunts of murder victim Ackinton Walker leave the Forensic Science Centre, St James fol...

Sixteen-year-old student Ackinton Walker was gunned down outside his Barataria home on Sunday. Police suspect that it was a revenge killing.

At about 8.30 pm on Sunday, Walker was standing outside his house on Third Avenue when he was approached by a group of men. Reports indicate the Barataria South Secondary School student was asked about the whereabouts of one of his brothers, but Walker denied knowing where he was. The men went further down the street asking about Walker’s brother. Shortly after, one of the men returned and shot Walker in the neck. The teenager was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Centre, Mt Hope, but he succumbed to his injuries moments after he arrived.

The murder occurred no more than 24 hours before Walker could fulfill his dream of becoming a professional cricketer.

At the Forensic Science Centre, Long Circular Road, St James, Nicole Walker, the boy’s aunt and caretaker since his mother died in 2009, cried for strength as she went to view the body.

“I have never experienced anything like this before,” she said with tear-filled eyes.

As she emerged from the doors of the centre after the viewing, Nicole could not contain her anguish. She could not do anything else but bury her face in her hands and cry. Walker’s stepfather, Keith Prime was unable to explain the way he felt as he spoke to Newsday.

“Pain and sorrow doesn’t even begin to describe the way I feel right now. That boy doesn’t deserve to be lying in there,” said Prime as he gestured to the inside of the forensic centre.

Walker was lauded by many as a young and talented cricketer. Prime said cricket was Walker’s life. “He was only about three things: school, church and cricket,” he said.

Nicole remembers how devoted Walker was to the game.

“If he doesn’t have a bat in his hand, he would be pretending to be batting,” she said.

Later at the family home in Barataria, Keith Prime Jr, one of Walker’s brothers, said his bags were already packed with gear in preparation for the screening for the Under-17 cricket team which occurred yesterday.

Coach Bhoodesh Dookie of Barataria Ball Players, which Walker played for, said he was a “shoo-in” for the Under-17 team this year. “He was the most promising young cricketer that I have ever come across,” said Dookie. “He had a great sense of commitment and a tremendous work ethic. Those men took away a young boy’s dream.”

Walker had played cricket with his friends hours before he was killed.

His stepfather, speaking at the house, said the last conversation they had was about cricket.

“He called me and asked if I was watching the cricket match between England and the West Indies,” Prime lamented. “I didn’t even know that it was on.” Walker also asked if they were going to the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain to watch the next cricket match, following Trinidad and Tobago’s triumph over the Windward Islands in the Regional Four-Day competition.

Community members and relatives all agreed Walker had no connection to any gang activity, and described him as a quiet young man. “That young boy did not deserve what happened to him,” one community member said. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

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