Days after his murder in a gangway on the South Side of Chicago, former professional boxer Michael Walker is being remembered for his grace both in and out of the ring.
The 35-year-old was found shot dead in the 8200 block of South Drexel in Chatham Thursday morning after walking his 9-year-old daughter to school, WGN reports.
ABC Chicago says Walker was known by some around his South Side home as a peacemaker and a "neighborhood angel."
“Even his last opponent stated that he was a charismatic guy,” Walker's manager Damian Walton told the Tribune. During a fight earlier this summer, Walton said Walker’s opponent told him it was a challenging fight because “it was almost like fighting a friend.”
The super middle-weight fighter known as the "Midnight Stalker" went pro in 2004. He was a straight winner in early fights and remained undefeated for four years. Later in his career, however, his fortunes turned.
Walton told the Sun-Times the fighter's winning streak faded when he started talking fights "for a paycheck," often just weeks in advance.
Walton suspected Walker was killed in a robbery, though police wouldn't confirm and were releasing few details. Police are asking anyone with information to call detectives detectives at (312) 747-8271.
Meanwhile, on the weekend following Walker's shooting death, 18 other people were shot in Chicago -- and 15 of those shootings took place overnight Sunday.