INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 5, 2015)-- Dozens of times a year, hundreds of times in the last decade or more, Reverend Malachi Walker has led his Young Men Incorporated team to Indianapolis murder scenes to pray, remember and seek justice for those who have died violently -- no matter the reasons.
Always there for a grieving family, ready to stand by a young man from a single-parent home with nowhere to go, Walker has been a constant presence on the streets in the city's fight for peace.
No vigil was more poignant than the one Walker held on a Sunday nearly seven years ago in the front yard of a home in the 2400 block of Morning Star Drive.
The murder of Chanelle Walker is the latest in CBS4's Indy Unsolved series.
"I'm reminded in 2008 when I lost my daughter in a homicide," Walker told the crowd at the site of a recent fatal police action shooting, "and how people surrounded me and the strength that people had and the strength I had when people surrounded me."
Chanelle was married and the mother of three sons, more than half way toward reaching her goal of five, when two men burst into her home while husband Randy was out cruising downtown in his muscle car.
"When they kicked the door and went in they asked, 'Where he's at?'" Walker recalled, "and he's gone and he had just left and she said, 'I don't know what you're talking about,' and they just started hollering 'Where is it?' She said, 'I don't know what you're talking about.' 'You know what we talking about!' and one shot went off and two more shots real quick back-to-back, pop pop, and that's when the baby started crying and they left out."
A young teenage relative told police one of the men wore a mask. Walker and an investigator told CBS4 News that from the start detectives had the name of the suspects, and one was went to jail on an unrelated charge, but to this day, Chanelle's murder remains unsolved and on the books.
"Something ain't quite adding up here," said Walker as he sat in a pew of the north side church his daughter attended weekly. "If you're telling me 99 percent he's the shooter, he's the one that did it, well, how come you're not charging him then? How come he's not arrested for the murder? But now what they're saying is, there's not enough evidence."
So Walker continues his summer program for dozens of young boys and teens who would be prone to trouble in an otherwise unsupervised summer. Young Men Inc. will often take to street corners, the drum corps thumping out a beat, raising money for meals and events and transportation, while Walker continues attending prayer vigils for the loved ones of people he's never met while still grieving for his own loss.
"He's been doing this even before my sister was murdered," said Ashlynne Walker. "This has been his life helping people in the community, helping young boys to grow up to be men and stay out of situations like this."
If you have any evidence or knowledge of the murder of Chanelle Walker on Morning Star Drive in July of 2008, call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS. Your information could be worth a $1000 reward and bring relief to a man who has spent his life comforting others while his own heart was broken.