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Vigil for Rasheed Walker: Community comes together to grieve beloved Nashville teacher

Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 08:30:26-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — On Sunday the community gathered for a vigil at Hartman Park to remember a beloved Metro Schools Employee.

Rasheed Walker, 31, was shot and killed last weekend outside the Wireless Z store on Dr. D.B. Todd Junior Boulevard.

"He helped so many people in the community. He would give you anything, the shirt off his back," said Benny Walker, Rasheed Walker's older brother. "This really hurt us, we're devastated."

The teacher's aide worked for 10 years helping special education students at Cora Howe School.

A dedicated community volunteer, he also ran his own basketball league.

His brothers said Walker's positivity could light up any room.

"He wanted the world to be a better place and he stood for love and peace," said Omar Walker, Rasheed Walker's brother.

​Toward the end of the vigil, family and friends gathered in the rain for a prayer.

Afterward, they released balloons into the sky in honor of Walker. Family and friends vowed to do their best to carry on his legacy.

"Makes me feel good, especially being his father, to know he did everything he did for the community and to help young kids," said Benny Walker, Rasheed Walker's father.

Police are still looking for the suspect, Robert Smith.

If you know anything regarding Walker's death contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.