The memorial on East Avenue for Shon Walker, who was shot and killed July 2 has grown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Memorial grows for Hamilton shooting victim a week after slaying

Shon Walker, 19, was shot point blank just after 9 p.m. June 27 in the 400 block of East Avenue. Candles and plush animals adorned the site where he died within hours. This week, the memorial has grown to include even more candles, a large wooden cross, flowers and sidewalk art.

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Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said this week the investigation into Walker’s homicide, which was caught on a neighbor’s security camera, is “very active.”

Witnesses and 911 callers described a fatal shooting as a “point blank” that involved two suspects riding up on bicycles.

Multiple people called 911 to report the shooting, and one also told dispatchers the young man’s name was as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk.

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Crews were called to the 400 block of East Avenue and found Walker. He was beyond medical help at that time, according to police.

An East Avenue resident’s security cameras captured the shooting on video. Two males on bicycles are seen in the video.

“They cornered him and were talking,” said James, who did not want his last name disclosed. “Then they pulled out a gun and shot him point black.”

The homicide is the second of 2019 in Hamilton. On Jan. 26, 18-year-old Londale Harvey was gunned down while getting into his car in the city’s Lindenwald neighborhood. Like Walker’s death, police say Harvey’s slaying was not a random act.

Anyone with information about Walker’s homicide is asked to call the Hamilton investigation section at 868-5811, ext. 2002.

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