MILTON, Ga. – Chris Walker, 19, was a talented musician, artist and salesman, with his whole life ahead of him.
That life was cut short March 12 when he was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in the driveway of his Silhouette Court home, where he lived with his family.
Now that family – father Gregory, mother Mary Jo, brother Ben and grandmother Dorothy – are mourning the loss and remembering Chris fondly.
“He was my best friend and a remarkable person,” said 17-year-old Ben. “He was always positive with a smile on his face.”
A devout Catholic who attended St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Roswell and a successful salesman at Sears, Chris studied marketing at Georgia Perimeter College and had just been accepted into Kennesaw State University for the fall.
Despite his marketing studies, Chris’ dream was to be a musician, a dream he saw as compatible with his business career.
“His true passion was music, but he was working hard to make a career out of it,” Ben said. “He said, ‘I don’t have to give up on my dream just because I’m being realistic.’”
The YouTube page for Chris – “Chris Sky Walker” – has dozens of music videos he made, with the most recent published two weeks ago, garnering an astonishing 20,000 views.
“He was really proud of that song,” said Franchesca Thomas, Chris’ girlfriend.
Any proceeds Chris made off his music went to charity, she said, something Chris believed in doing.
“He said, ‘I don’t mind doing things for people, because I like doing things to make people happy,’” she said.
His music tried to stay positive, Ben said.
“A lot of rap music is so negative these days,” he said. “Chris was always looking to make a positive impact on people.”
Police were called to Walker’s home at 7:30 p.m. the night he was shot and took Walker to North Fulton Regional Hospital where he died of his wounds. A shooter has not been caught, however police suspect it was an attempted robbery.
“You never think this sort of thing will happen here,” Ben said. “You think you’re safe at home, but you’re not.”
“We want to make people aware that this happens,” Franchesca said. “We don’t want people to forget him.”
Visitation was March 17 at Northside Chapel in Roswell. The funeral mass was at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church March 18.
Chris Walker’s music can be heard online on YouTube.