Lt. William Walker murdered in his driveway; neighbors describe downturn of Lampson Road area

Cleveland police said Monday they have no suspects in the murder of Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker while the victim's neighbors grapple with what has happened to their neighborhood.

"Neighborhood going down," said Blane Marshall, who lives across the street from Walker's house on Lampson Road. "Too many wild people. Wild people, drug people."

Marshall has lived on Lampson for the past 20 years, and he's disappointed with the downturn.

"I be up late a lot of times, and I hear a lot of gunshots and sirens going on around here," said Javonte Williams, who also lives on Lampson and is looking to move to a better neighborhood.

Police said Walker was shot multiple times in the chest on the Sunday evening of Nov. 3 in his driveway. He was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

Unlike Williams, Frances Russell, also known as "Mama Frances," said she's there to stay and fix the problems. Russell has called Lampson Road home for 40 years, and she's taken it upon herself to talk to the suspected drug dealers in the area about Walker's murder.

"Nobody knows what happened," said Russell. "They all like the guy. They spoke to him and went about their business."

Russell said she hasn't received any leads or tips yet, but she's not backing down either.

"He was a nice man," she added. "He minded his own business. He went to work, came home. No drama."

Cleveland Police Department is urging anyone with information about Walker's murder to contact its homicide unit at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or text messaging to Text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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