On March 11, 2004, then 31-year-old Eric Walker was found murdered on a rural stretch of road in Volusia County, Florida. His killer or killers remain at large.
Walker’s mother, Alfreda, still remembers the last time she saw her son Eric.
“The last time I talked to Eric, he told me ‘I’ll see you in the morning, and I love you,'” Alfreda Walker said.
She said the next morning, officers arrived at her door with grim news. Her son was found dead.
“I just screamed and cried and cried, and at that time, several of my friends had made it [to the crime scene],” she said.
At first, investigators thought it was a car crash. Eric’s car was in a ditch and appeared to have slammed into a pole on Enterprise-Osteen Road. A closer look revealed something far more sinister was afoot.
“They found a bullet hole in the car,” said Det. Shon Mcguire, with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. “Crime scene and medical examiners came out and saw he had been shot four times.”
Det. McGuire said Walker was headed to visit a girlfriend.
“He would go the same route from Midway to Deltona. He was worried because of race and stuff, getting stopped out there,” he explained.
Walker’s mother said only those close to him knew his driving route.
“Eric wouldn’t have stopped on a dark road like that if Eric didn’t recognize that car or whoever it was,” said Alfreda.
Detectives interviewed the girlfriend, but that did not lead to any suspects. The remote road made it difficult to find witnesses, the Volusia County sheriff explains.
“We have a couple of people who hear gunshots – one knows it’s 4, one says it’s multiple — then you have someone who sees a suspicious vehicle that was sitting on the side of the road with a black male sitting outside of it,” said Sheriff Mike Chitwood at the time of Walker’s murder.
Those witnesses led detectives to create a composite sketch, but to this day – nearly 20 years later – the police still have no suspects and no one in custody.
Walker was a Seminole County school security guard, a father, and the youngest of four children.
“Eric was a very loving, very loving young man, easy to get along with and easy to make friends,” said Alfreda.
She thinks someone from Midway followed him and killed him.
“I know people out here know who killed Eric,” Alfreda said. “I know they do. And I believe that somebody is looking at me and smiling at me all the time.”
She may be right, says Lt. Bob Kelley, a Volusia County sheriff’s investigator, who worked the case.
“It’s very conceivable that the person responsible is from the Midway area,” Kelley said.
But he concedes that the case is no closer to being solved today than it was the night Walker was killed.
“We ran down a lot of leads,” Kelley said. None materialized.
“It’s difficult at this point to go anywhere with it,” Kelley said.
And for that reason, the investigation has been classified as a “cold case.”
“That was a low blow on me,” Walker’s mom said.
“They said they would no longer be working on it unless somebody comes forward,” she said.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is offering a reward of up to 25 thousand dollars for information that leads to an arrest.
4 thoughts on “Who Killed Eric Walker – A Florida Unsolved Murder!”
It says that he was a father but no mention was made as to where his children and their mother were located and what they thought about this. This is very strange as they mention a lot of other things in detail.
Something is being left out. Not by the police but by some of the witnesses.
The mention of a young black man sitting outside his car on that road at approximately the same time as the shots were fired makes me wonder if this is a red herring. Any young man hearing gunshots near where he is sitting by himself is going to be long gone down the road and out of harm’s way. Any young black man from that neighborhood is not going to leave a body out in plain sight or any other evidence. Looks like someone set this up neatly.
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