Warner Robins mayor dead of gunshot wound to head

This update was just posted by the Macon Telegraph:

Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker was pronounced dead at 1:49 p.m. today after he suffered a gunshot wound to the head, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

The wound appears to have been self-inflicted, Police Chief Brett Evans said.

Walker, 60, was rushed to The Medical Center of Central Georgia early this afternoon. Authorities were dispatched to his Warner Robins home this morning after a report of a gunshot there…..

Evans said that Walker and his wife, Patricia, were at home this morning at the time of the shooting. He would not confirm any other details of what happened.

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MeaneyMouse

September 28th, 2009
1:57 pm

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dayyuummmmmmmm

atlthrasher

September 28th, 2009
2:05 pm

I just read that he died. Per macon.com

Wow! That's heavy.

September 28th, 2009
2:06 pm

Dude, has to be in pain to want to end it all. My father did and I never knew until the end. “Find peace Mr. Mayor of Warner Robbins.”

Sims

September 28th, 2009
2:08 pm

He was pronounced dead a short while ago.

http://www.macon.com

Brandon from Warner Robins

September 28th, 2009
2:16 pm

Wow. Terribly sad news. Mayor Walker did a lot for Warner Robins the last 15 years.

ms obvious

September 28th, 2009
2:26 pm

I lived in Warner Robins until 2002. Walker had been mayor of that city since 1994. This is truly a sad day for the town of Warner Robins. He has been officially pronounced dead.

RayRoy

September 28th, 2009
2:33 pm

lovinglife

September 28th, 2009
2:36 pm

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To say it should have been Michael Vick instead of the Mayor is a very ignorant comment to make. Be careful what you say, you may be telling your own fortune. Wishing death on someone is a very serious comment. My prayers go out for the Mayor’s family and may his soul find peace with his God.

Paul

September 28th, 2009
2:44 pm

He was my neighbor on the lake for 15 years. A truely nice man. This is very dad for the people of Warner Robbins, Middle Georgia, and the rest of the state.

Connie D

September 28th, 2009
2:57 pm

Why did he shoot himself?

F-105 Thunderchief

September 28th, 2009
2:58 pm

As my mama would’ve said: “He was a good feller.” And, he was. So sad for his family and the community.

SC Dawg

September 28th, 2009
3:00 pm

Does anybody know why he would do this?

ms obvious

September 28th, 2009
3:05 pm

He was a very well respected mayor. I have no idea as to why he would do it. He has had a few health concerns in the past year from what I understand. Perhaps it was something related to that. I could not see it having anything to do with scandalous behavior. This is going to turn Warner Robins upside down. It is a wonderful town, and he was a wonderful mayor. Rest in peace Mayor Walker.

Michele

September 28th, 2009
3:08 pm

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I have known the Walker family since I was a little girl….and they are the kindest and most genuine couple I know. My heart goes out to his entire family…You never know the pain a person may be going through. You will be missed Mayor Walker.

itsmeagain

September 28th, 2009
3:12 pm

Now a real downtown Warner Robins will never be built:(

mel

September 28th, 2009
3:18 pm

how can they be so certain, so quickly it’s a suicide? It may seem unkind to his family, but watching forensic files has taught me you don’t decide whether it was a suicide, homicide, or accident until you have had a lot of time to make sure.

Nikki

September 28th, 2009
3:19 pm

It’s sad that something caused him to take his own life. Now other people get to clean up the mess of his life he left.
My dad took his own life 30 years ago & it about destroyed my family. There’s always a better way.

steph

September 28th, 2009
3:20 pm

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steph

September 28th, 2009
3:20 pm

sorry for the death

soulfinger

September 28th, 2009
3:21 pm

So sad. I feel for his family.

Sug

September 28th, 2009
3:24 pm

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

norman ravitch

September 28th, 2009
3:29 pm

Suicide is one of the most selfish acts you can commit, no matter why.

Chris

September 28th, 2009
3:30 pm

Why do I get the feeling you couldn’t even find it on the map?

Mel

September 28th, 2009
3:32 pm

Why must someone always make ignorant comments? People never cease to amaze me…..

Tonya

September 28th, 2009
3:32 pm

No one truly knows why someone commits suicide. Sometimes our own struggles get the best of us. No one knows what is really going on inside someone’s mind. I hope for his familys sake that the torment the Mayor was feeling is not carried on in his family. I know that he can find peace now. Sometimes when things seem impossible suicide seems the only way out. Sometimes when you feel trapped with no way out you can feel suicidal. I know a bit about it. Love and best wishes to the family – may God answer your questions cause no one on here can.

so sad

September 28th, 2009
3:35 pm

No one knows what or why he did what he did…it may appear selfish from the outside, but if he had a mental illness, selfishness may not have been a part of it. Until you have been in the mind of someone in that state, you may never understand. If he was on an antidepressant, some can cause you to have suicidal tendancies that our out of your control. So don’t be so quick to judge that it is a selfish act.

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
3:35 pm

Dussque, I hope that you’ve made peace with the fact that you’ll be at your own funeral alone sir. Chris, you are an idiot. “Why he gotta shoot himself when he got money?” Idiot.

sw

September 28th, 2009
3:35 pm

Any time a big official kills himself….there is a scandle around the corner

so sad

September 28th, 2009
3:37 pm

May God allow you to never have to deal with suicide in the lives of loved ones, you tacky folks.

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
3:39 pm

Has it been officially ruled a suicide? If not, then all of you who think you know what’s up are really only lamely trying to icite. Kinda desperate and sad really. You people need lives.

Gloria

September 28th, 2009
3:40 pm

This is so terribly sad. I hope that he has found peace.

ihorizon

September 28th, 2009
3:42 pm

Although, I am not familiar with the Mayor and his family, my condolences to the family… Warner Robins was my birthplace and
my grandparents and uncles are buried there, I am sorry to hear
this news as no one should go through pain alone.

so sad

September 28th, 2009
3:45 pm

Captain Midnight – what is “icite?” I didn’t know I was trying to icite anything. All I was saying is that if it is suicide, don’t be knocking the feller as selfish.

bigmac

September 28th, 2009
3:48 pm

why do I think there is a bribery scandal that is about to come out? perhaps I am to cynical, but perhaps not. Regardless, sorry to hear the news. Sounds like he was a good dude.

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
3:54 pm

So Sad, Sorry bud, I was going for incite. So Sad you didn’t catch it.

the real Old Gold

September 28th, 2009
3:57 pm

Was there a scandal or was this probably just personal issues?

Lissa

September 28th, 2009
3:59 pm

It is such a shame and a sad time for my hometown of Warner Robins. I’ve lost a loved one to suicide this year in a similar manner and I truly feel for the Walker family.

As to “Chris,” who questioned finding Warner Robins on the map – perhaps you should take some geography lessons or at least look it up before you speak. As a town of 50,000+, I assure you it is most definitely on the map! (If you’re too lazy to look, its just south of Macon and you pass 5 possible exits on I-75 for it on your way to Florida.)

Roekest

September 28th, 2009
4:00 pm

“Insight”

“Lamely” is not a word.

We may need lives, but you need Hooked On Phonics.

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
4:04 pm

verb
1 incite, instigate, set off, stir up

provoke or stir up; “incite a riot”; “set off great unrest among the people”

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
4:05 pm

Web definitions for lamely
in a weak and unconvincing manner; “`I don’t know, Edward,’ she answered lamely”

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
4:06 pm

Roekest, You’re an idiot.

Joe Dirt

September 28th, 2009
4:07 pm

Incite-: to move to action : stir up : spur on : urge on

Joe Dirt

September 28th, 2009
4:08 pm

Roekest needs to heed his own advice….ROFL….

Scared to death

September 28th, 2009
4:09 pm

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Wow, by reading some of these posts, seems like we should not be worried about the Mayor, but the ones that are living! How cruel some of these posts are…scarey

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
4:10 pm

Thanks Joe. Sorry Roekest, we’ll try and use dumber words so you can keep up.

Captain Midnight

September 28th, 2009
4:10 pm

Thanks Joe. Sorry Roekest, we’ll try and use dumber words so you can keep up.

DG

September 28th, 2009
4:16 pm

Idiots are born everyday. Not the Mayor of course, but the people that leave negative comments about something like this. What if it was your father? Would those comments remain the same? Come to WR and we will be glad to serve you some fresh a** whoopin, with a side of okra.

Elvis

September 28th, 2009
4:21 pm

“You don’t know a man til you’ve walked in his shoes or seen things through his eyes.”

EFloyd

September 28th, 2009
4:25 pm

As a 15 year resident of Warner Robins Ga I had no personal issues with the man but he was up for re-election and I am one of many who felt it was time for new leadership to better manage this city’s growth and to let go of some of the really old fashioned ideas that also ran this city. WE NEVER EXPECTED OR WANTED THIS SAD TRAGEDY as an end to a politcal career. Mayor Walker was respected and will continue to be respected in his memory.

B4R

September 28th, 2009
4:29 pm

May his soul rest in peace.