20 year-old University Of New Hampshire Football Play Shot & Killed At Colorado University
It’s always hard to hear about a young kid passing away before his time but this one happened at my almatar Colorado University so just read the article ( thank you Colorado Daily) and send your thoughts to the kids’ parents. The shooting happened 2 blocks from my old apartment in college crazy shit.
“A 20-year-old University of New Hampshire football player was shot to death on Boulder’s University Hill early this morning in what police are describing as a botched robbery attempt. The suspect remains at large.
The father of Todd Maclain Walker, of Edwards, said his son stepped in front of a female
friend after a would-be robber pulled a gun on her during a confrontation about 2 a.m. at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Boulder.
“He was shot in the chest at point-blank range,” Mark Walker said this afternoon, adding, “I’m really proud of him. He would just sort of instinctively act that way.”
Mark Walker said the lead detective on the case told him, “Todd went out a hero.”
Walker attended Battle Mountain High School in Edwards and was now enrolled at the University of New Hampshire, where he is listed on the school’s website as a redshirt freshman wide receiver for the UNH Wildcats.
Philip Qualman, principal of Battle Mountain, said the school is opening its library at 4 p.m. Saturday for community members to gather and mourn Walker.
Walker and a female friend, whom police haven’t identified, were walking home to her house around 2 a.m. after attending parties on University Hill — including one thatsparked a near riot at 1555 Broadway— when they were confronted at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue by a man wearing a black bandanna over his face, officials said.
Police believe it was initially
an attempted robbery, but after a verbal and physical confrontation in which the woman was able to pull the bandanna off the suspect’s face, the male suspect pulled out a gun and fired a shot into the air, according to Boulder police. The suspect then fired a second shot at Walker. Walker was taken to Boulder Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed today, although the Boulder County Coroner’s Office reports the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.
‘It sort of freezes’
Walker’s parents, Mark and Pam Walker, were at their home in Edwards when one of their son’s friends called from Boulder Community Hospital to tell them that he had been shot. The friend thought Todd Walker would survive, his father said this afternoon, but as they were leaving the house to come to Boulder, Mark Walker said he got another call.
“They said he was shot in the chest and heart and did not survive,” Mark Walker said. “They said he died immediately.”
The suspect in today’s fatal shooting is described as a white male, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall with medium build and blondish-brown hair. He was clean shaven.
Police said the suspect was possibly wearing blue jeans and a black Analog-brand snowboard jacket with the initials “AG” displayed prominently over the left breast.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Boulder Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 303-441-1974.
Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or 800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
When Mark Walker heard the news, he said, “It sort of freezes.”
“It’s shock,” he said. “Hearing he was shot, you sort of hold out some hope that he seems like the invincible kid. Like we’re going to get down there and work through it. But there was quick closure when I talked with the nurse at the hospital.”
Mark Walker said that after talking with detectives and the woman who was with his son at the time, he learned that his son was walking a friend home when a man approached them and tried to grab her purse. The suspect threatened her with a gun, Mark Walker said, and then fired a shot into the air before pointing the gun again at her.
“He continued to threaten her to give up her purse, and Todd stepped in front of her to stop the confrontation,” Mark Walker said. “He was shot in the chest at point-blank range.”
Mark Walker said that he, of course, hopes detectives catch the man who took his son’s life.
“But I’m not hung up on that as much as I am getting to grips with losing a son,” he said. “I would like to see this guy lose his freedom. It seems like a really, really silly reason to take a life.”
Mark Walker said his son played football, ran track and was on the lacrosse team at Battle Mountain High School in Eagle County and was now a wide receiver for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. He said Todd Walker, who was studying business at New Hampshire, was well known in the Edwards community and had developed a tight-knit group of friends who went to both CU and Colorado State University.
“It was a small town and a big personality,” his father said. “I think the best way to describe him was a distributor of fun.”
Todd Walker was home on spring break and came down to Boulder for one night to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” his father said.
Todd Walker had a contagious personality, and he tried to make the most of every day, Mark Walker said. He said the family is heading back to Vail, where they will regroup and process and invite some of Todd’s friends over.
CU this morning issued an advisory warning students, “While such stranger assaults are rare and this type of assault has not happened in years, people are advised if confronted by a robbery suspect to take the assailant seriously: cooperate and do not challenge an assailant. Be the best witness you can be, and do not extend the situation. Get away as quickly as possible and notify police immediately.”
CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano also released a statement: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the young man whose life was taken so abruptly and tragically in a shooting on the Hill early Friday morning. While fatal stranger assaults are extremely rare in Boulder, this act of senseless violence is a reminder to us that no community is immune from violence, and that the struggle against it is perpetual. This is also a moment for us to join together to deplore violence in our community, and to rededicate ourselves to protecting one another, and encouraging personal safety in all places, at all times.”