LANCASTER –Friends and relatives of a 34-year-old mother of four who died following a hit-and-run crash last week gathered at the crash site Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil honoring her life. Huddled around dozens of candles and a few poster-sized photographs of Simone Walker, the group of nearly 100 sang “Amazing Grace” over the sobs of devastated loved ones.
“I just want whoever did this to understand what they did,” said best friend Shanae Hamilton. “They took somebody from her children, a friend from a lot people… we need closure!”
Simone Walker was struck by an unknown vehicle around 7:43 p.m. on March 19 as she crossed the street on Avenue L, near the intersection of 32nd Street West. (Read more here). Walker was thrown several feet and suffered life-threatening injuries, officials said. She remained unresponsive and on life support in the days following the collision, as several family members and friends kept vigil at her hospital bedside. Walker was pronounced dead this week.
Officials have issued urgent pleas to the public for help in solving the case, but still have little leads.
At Tuesday’s vigil, distraught family members again pleaded with witnesses to come forward.
“Just give us some type of closure. My sister’s kids are hurting right now, I’m hurting,” said Michulae Walker. “That’s my baby sister and it’s so unreal, I can’t believe this!”
Many grieving loved ones who spoke at the vigil said Simone Walker will be remembered as a fun-loving person who made those around her laugh, constantly.
“We’re going to miss that, we’re going to miss her,” said Cathy Tindall, whose son was engaged to be married to Simone Walker. “Her kids are going to miss her loving warm touch… for their sake, please turn this person in.”
Simone Walker leaves behind a set of 9-year-old twins, a 12-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter, relatives said. A memorial fund for Simone Walker has been set up to cover the cost of her funeral and to help support her children.
Anyone wishing to donate to this fund can visit any Chase Bank and request to donate funds to the memorial account for Simone Walker, relatives said.
Family members are asking the public – especially local mechanics – to be on the lookout for any vehicle with a damaged or blood-splattered front end.
They said any information, no matter how small, could lead authorities to the driver who struck Simone Walker and then fled the scene.
Anyone with information on this incident should call 661-948-8466 and ask for the Lancaster Station Traffic Detail.
If you wish to stay anonymous, call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 800-222-8477 or submit information to www.lacrimestoppers.org.