HILLCREST HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA9) -- The murder of 15-year-old Suitland High School Student Charles Michael Walker, Jr. was over a pair of shoes, Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Chief Magaw said the teen was walking with a bag that contained new shoes when he was robbed and killed on Monday.
Police say officers responded to the 4000 block of 28th Avenue, near Kenton Street for a welfare check call. They found Walker on a front lawn in the 4100 block of 28th Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound, policesaid.Walker was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
Tuesday, Iris Harris brought her daughter and friends down to lay down flowers and balloons at a makeshift memorial for Charles Walker.
Friends say the 15-year-old, who went by CJ or Chuck, was killed while delivering Timberland shoes to his girlfriend. "Somebody came up and said 'give me them shoes' and he was like, 'nah, nah' and they pulled a gun," said one friend. The person then shot him and ran, according to the friend.
At Suitland High School, friends are trying to stay strong. "He's like my brother and as soon as I heard it I just broke down," said a student.
Harris said,"All kids want nice things, you know, but...you can't have them because of situations like this."
Parents like Harris wonder how they can keep their children safe in a culture that sadly values shoes over life.
Walker lived a block down the street from the place where he was killed on Monday. Iverson Mall is just four blocks away.
Police said on Tuesday that they have received several crime solvers tips and are close to arresting a suspect.
If you have any information call Crime Solvers at1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637).
The case marks the fifth violent death of a teen this school year in the county, according to police. Detectives say they are on the verge of solving four of the five murders.