Parents hopeful son's 2008 murder will be solved

Posted at 10:47 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 23:47:20-04

It's been nine years since 19-year-old Percy Walker was shot and killed among a crowd at 29th Street and Camden Avenue, but his parents say not a day has gone by when they don't think of their son.

"It's been a tragic loss for not only us, but to his kids and his siblings," said Walker's dad, Percy Walker Sr. 

Walker was in the near a female brawl and was trying to break them up at the time of his death back on March 30th, 2008. Someone opened fire and Walker was struck. He later died and no shooter was ever found. 


"I've never been out to the gravesite. I never knew where my son was buried. It's too painful," said Laritha Sweatte, Walker's mother. 




Even more painful for Walker's family is not having answers about who killed their son and why. 


Walker's mom says no parent should have to bury their own child, especially to gun violence.

She says her purpose now is to share a message of strength for other parents who have lost a child. 

"You can't give up because your kid is not here on Earth anymore. You have to live each day. Until you can see them again," said Sweatte. 

Walker's parents are hopeful that with the help of Crime Stoppers, this will be the year Omaha Police catch the shooter. 

"Whatever person that took my son and say that it's time for you to come to justice," adds Sweatte.

"It will not only bring us peace but it will bring  him peace," said Walker. 


 The family is hosting a balloon release on Thursday to honor the life of Walker and to let him know from the sky he has not been forgotten. 

If you have any information on Percy Walker's case, you can call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP. You can remain anonymous and there is a cash reward.