Slain UofL student laid to rest

Slain UofL student laid to rest
Katie Walker (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Katie Walker (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was quiet outside of Saint Stephen Baptist Church Friday as people inside the building said a final farewell to Savannah Walker, 20.

"From the lacrosse teams, to the university, to people we've known throughout our lives, the family has been amazed, yet not surprised by the support of the city," Savannah Walker's cousin, Katie Walker, said.
Those who couldn't be at the funeral remembered the University of Louisville lacrosse player elsewhere. Georgetown's team passed out flyers and ribbons at their game to raise money for Savannah Walker's scholarship fund.

"We're all really sad that we're never going to meet the woman Savannah would've become," Katie Walker said.

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Savannah Walker was killed early last Sunday during a shooting at concert inside the Tim Faulkner Gallery in the Portland neighborhood.  

"We have a community here that's going to reach out and support," Katie Walker said. "And a community that really cares about how Savannah died."

According to Savannah Walker's father, his daughter saved lives by pushing people down before taking a shot directly to the chest.

"It's been a learning experience for all of us parents to talk to our children about a lot of different issues and things that are going on that a lot of us ignored in the past," John Reams, a family friend, said.

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One of the issues Reams referred to was gun violence. It's a subject Walker's father talked about during her vigil.

"The fact that he had to go through this and he had to feel this, he's now made the decision that he doesn't want one other father, mother, cousin, to go through that," Savannah Walker's cousin, Chris Walker, said. "If he can do anything about it, let's just say if there's anyone that can do anything about it, it would be him."

A second vigil is planned for Savannah Walker at Ballard High School at noon on Saturday.

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