A New York dad went room-to-room inside his family home and murdered his wife, daughter and mother-in-law. Jonathon Walker, 34, was later found dead after shooting himself. This awful incident occurred early on the morning of January 24 in the Brookville neighborhood of Queens, close to Kennedy Airport.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Shot His 12-Year-Old Daughter Too, But She Survived & Dialed 911
The New York Times reports that it was Walker’s surviving daughter, Christina, 12, who called 911 at 5:40 a.m. to say that her mother, Shanai Hale, 31, her grandmother, Viola Warren, 62, and her little sister, Kayla, 7, had all been shot. When first-responders got to the house, Christina was still alert. She’s now in critical condition at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Shantai Hale and Walker were not married.
2. Walker Shot Himself Dead
Police quickly identified the patriarch, Jonathon Walker, as the prime suspect in the shootings. A massive search was undertaken by the NYPD. That search ended just after 1 p.m. on January 24 when Walker was found dead after committing suicide. It’s unclear where he was found, reports ABC New York. After the slayings head taken off in his silver SUV. Speaking to the media, District Attorney Richard Brown said the murders “underscores the human toll and horror of domestic violence.”
3. His Family & Neighbors Say He Was a Great Father
Speaking to the New York Times, Wendall Warren, a brother of Viola Warren, described the family as perfect and Jonathon Walker as a great father. Warren said “We will be baffled for years to come.” Other neighbors told the Times that Walker could often be seen playing with his daughter’s in the front yard of his home. On his Facebook page, Walker regularly posted photos of his daughters.
4. Walker Played Professional Basketball in Europe
According to his Facebook page, Walker was a devout Christian and basketball fan. On his page, he says that he studied at Daeman College in Amherst, New York, and at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. The New York Post reports that Walker was a professional basketballl in Europe from 2008 till 2009. His Facebook URL contains the phrase “euroballn.” The Post goes on to reports that at the time of shooting, Walker had been working as a bouncer at a bar.
5. Shantai Hale Was a Loving a Mother
On her Facebook page, Shantai Hale regularly posted images of her daughters and her mother. On January 17, she posted a pic of the three together with the caption, “My favorite ladies! Luv being with these ladies.”