UNIVERSITY of Alabama student Garrett Walker was pronounced dead two days after going missing.
Police have yet to say whether they suspect foul play.
Who was Garrett Walker?
Garrett Walker was a junior at the University of Alabama studying aerospace engineering.
A private pilot, Walker had experience in aviation and was well on his way to following in his grandfather’s footsteps by becoming an engineer.
At 20, Walker was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity in Alabama.
Garrett is survived by his parents, Andrew and Debbie Walker, as well as his twin siblings.
Several GoFundMe Pages were created in honor of Walker, one of which raised over $ 50,000 in just a few days. The money will be used to establish a stock exchange in Walker’s name.
What was the cause of death for Garrett Walker?
Garrett Walker was last seen leaving the Gray Lady bar in Tuscaloosa around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
By Sunday afternoon, Walker’s cell phone was located near the town’s Riverwalk. Her parents reported her missing following the discovery of her phone.
Police from the University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa began searching for Walker on Sunday morning. Clothes believed to be hers were in the Black Warrior River, according to police spokeswoman Stephanie Taylor.
Police searched the river until about 9:30 p.m. Monday and resumed their search on Tuesday morning.
At around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Garrett Walker’s body was discovered in the river.
Has Garrett Walker’s family said anything about his passing?
In a press release on Tuesday, attorney for the Walker family shared his statement.
“Garrett Walker’s family are devastated by the news from Tuscaloosa Police that his body has been removed from the Black Warrior River following a multi-day search.
“We remember Garrett as a young man of faith,” said his mother, Debbie Walker. “We were so proud of him. He was dedicated to his faith and his friends, he loved to learn and was so excited to study at the University of Alabama, ”the statement read.
“’He was proud to be a student here and looked forward to making his mark in the world,” said his father Andrew Walker. “Our son was an exceptional young man. There are no words to describe our loss.’
“Andrew and Debbie thank the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the Fire and Rescue Divers, the University of Alabama community, and everyone involved in the search for their son,” the statement continued.
“A GoFundMe page has been set up by the family to endow a scholarship honoring Garrett’s life. They are now asking for confidentiality during their bereavement.”
What did the University of Alabama say?
University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell and Vice President of Student Life Dr. Myron Pope released a joint statement following Garrett Walker’s discovery.
“Our University of Alabama community is heartbroken at the loss of our student, Garrett Walker. Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to his family, friends and loved ones as we mourn his passing,” indicates the press release.
“The UA Counseling Center is available to those affected by the sad news of his passing.”
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