Unfinished Business

The Murder of Thomas Walkler

Episode Summary

Thomas Walker was playing chess on a warm, sunny day in March of 2017 when he was gunned down in the middle of the street. Walker was just 38-years-old. There were witnesses all around but the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office needs more information to solve this case.

Episode Transcription


 

 


 

Amanda Granit, Host: It’s been four years…. And Julia Walker is still waiting for answers. She needs to know who murdered her son, 38-year-old Thomas Walker, so she can have peace.


 

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Amanda Granit, Host: IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 17, 2017, A BRIGHT AND SUNNY DAY.

THOMAS WALKER WAS KILLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WITH PEOPLE ALL AROUND.

BUT WITH STILL NO ARREST, WE ARE  HOPING YOU CAN HELP US SOLVE THIS “UNFINISHED BUSINESS.”


 

Julia Walker, Mother:


 

Julia is honest about her son’s troubles…


 

 


 

WHILE MOM REMEMBERS MARCH 17, 2017… SO DOES MASTER DETECTIVE DAVID TABOR. … THIS CASE IS ONE HE THINKS OF OFTEN.


 


 

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Detective Tabor was at the softball field with his family when he got the call and immediately responded to the scene.


 


 

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THOMAS’ MOTHER WAS NEARBY SHE HEARD HER SON HAD BEEN SHOT AND SHE RAN TO HIM.


 

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julia Walker: When I went around the corner, my son had no shirt on, just short and shoes. He had bullet holes. When they turned him over, he had so man bulled holes with blood coming out. The lay holding him said that, ' he passed on the first shot, ma’am. He didn’t suffer.'

Its been four years and I haven’t cried yet. The doctor said I’m just angry. I just never passed a tear. I just can’t cry. Even if he’s out in the street, nobody deserves to get shot like that.>


 

 

Amanda Granit, Host: Because this happened in the middle of the day, were people that you believe saw perhaps the shooter, or the vehicle that may be involved in this?

Detective Tabor: Yes M’am. I do believe that there were people out there. I do believe that there are people who have information in reference to this investigation, and I do believe those people could help us with it. I understand that this is a small, tight-knit community there. For whatever reason, they may be reluctant to give information, but any little piece of information could be so important.


 

TABOR SAYS PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD MAY FEEL LAW ENFORCEMENT ISN’T ON THEIR SIDE AND HAVE HAD NEGATIVE INTERACTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE PAST.


 

 

Tabor: Well, it’s obvious we are still here talking about it seeking information. I would just ask them to come forward. Trust me, let me do my job. … CUT TO That’s why I’m here. And I want to do everything I can to bring justice to his family.>


 

HE SAYS IF YOU KNOW SOMETHING TO REMEMBER THE FAMILY THOMAS WALKER LEFT BEHIND.  LIKE MOM, JULIA:


 

Julie Walker: If you know anything, just come tell me. I don’t have to tell your name, I don’t have to know you. Just come and tell me what happened to my son. That’s all I want to know. I want to be able to cry. I want to be able to let things go. If you know something, please tell me.