Sunday, January 30, 2011

R.I.P. Cam Walker - Winnipeg Jan. 28, 2011: A block and a half away he died

Tonight, our little boy's world is a much darker place.
Hurt beyond words, our little boy cried tonight as I told him the news.
Deeply distressed, gasping for air, his little blue eyes cried the kind of tears that no child should ever have to cry. Yet, this is Winnipeg, and lately, across this city, there have been far far too many children like our 10 year old who've been crying tears born of pain, fear, and loss.

The heartfelt tears our boy cried tonight were not for himself. No, his tears were for his friend - his very, very, very best friend. Oh God how he hurt for his friend - it broke my heart. He cried for his best friend because tonight, in South Winnipeg, there is now an 11 year old boy with a heart of gold who must live with the horrifying reality that his big brother was senselessly stabbed to death late Friday night. And this poor vulnerable 11 year old must also live with the horror that his brother, 16 year old Cam Walker, bled out but meters away from his Winnipeg doorstep.

Sixteen year old Cam was stabbed to death by Matt, a 28 year old adult, who was unable, and incapable of, ever grasping the fact that booze, drugs, folly, and rage do not mix. Who, sadly, was too stupid to realize that Winnipeg's seemingly endless grand-tradition of midnight murders via the mediocrity of banal emotions, lost hopes, and empty lives did long ago lose its luster.

Cam was a kid, who like so many others, had his issues - but he was not violent, and he was not mean... he was just a kid, just another Winnipeg kid who didn't deserve to die at sixteen.

So yet again another senseless Winnipeg death has come calling on yet another Winnipeg teen. It saddens me on many levels. It saddens me because tonight our little boy, all of 10 years old, is innocent no more. It saddens me because he now believes he sleeps in a much more frightening and much darker world. And it saddens me even more because, a block and a half from where I write tonight, there sleeps another little boy that I know oh so well, whose true and gifted golden heart has been irrevocably broken by yet another senseless Winnipeg murder. A murder that has taken his big brother away forever. May you rest in peace Cam Walker.


  1. I'm so sorry. I can't imagine what you and the other family are going through.

  2. Beautifully written, your post touched me deeply. May the family in question heal sooner rather than later and find themselves in light rather than darkness. I am praying for them.

  3. My condolences. Give you Cam a hug for me.


  4. holy shit... i live in fort richmond. scary.

    my condolences, good luck moving forward

  5. I first heard about it here:
    It was so close to home... not only literally, because I live at the Polo Club, and the call was for unit 5 @ 150 Dalhousie... but also because I'm also the mother of a 16 year old. My own child was home, safe, but I still felt just sick to my stomach... I hoped and prayed that he'd make it, and the next morning, I was absolutely crushed to find out who the victim was, and that Cam didn't make it. I feel so bad for the family.
    I've lost loved ones to accidents, illness, suicide and murder, and though it has faded, I'm quite familiar with grief. Though I can't even begin to imagine the intensity of the pain that comes with having your child murdered, and hope I never do.
    I'd like to help Kim and Boe in any way I can, while they try to come to terms with what happened, and rebuild their lives that were changed so suddenly and drastically. R.I.P. Cam

  6. oops that was unit 5 @ 160 Dalhousie not 150

  7. Lay down with dogs and your gunna get the fleas.