The Aegis reports on Friday’s road rage killing


Today The Aegis newspaper has come out with more details of Friday afternoon’s road rage killing in busy downtown Bel Air. The victim, Patrick J. Walker, received two stab wounds to his neck and died in Eastern Alley behind the Harford County Health Department despite the efforts of health department nurses who came to his aid, the paper reported. Walker, 23, (who was born the year the town saw its last murder), was to be laid to rest today in the Gardens of Faith Cemetery in Rosedale following a service at St. Margaret’s Church in Bel Air, according to his obituary in The Aegis. The obituary stated Walker graduated from C. Milton Wright High School and Towson University where he had majored in sports management and business administration. His only sibling, Jennifer Walker, 27, of New York, told the paper her brother was laid-back and thoughtful as well as health conscious. He was working as an assistant manager at GNC in the Harford Mall at the time of his death. He had moved in with his girlfriend of two years just about a month ago. His sister told the paper he was like a father to his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son. Walker’s parents live in Bel Air. The man charged in the crime, Michael Simmons, 19, of Fallston formerly attended Harford Community College and had served as an assistant football coach with the Fallston Recreation Council according to information the paper said his lawyer provided at his bail review. At the time of the killing, Simmons had charges pending against him in Harford County Circuit Court: third-degree burglary, second degree assault, fourth degree burglary and race/religious harassment, according to The Aegis. At the time of the killing, he was out on bail, the paper said. Simmons was charged with first degree murder in connection with Walker’s killing and District Court Judge Angela Eaves ordered him held without bail, the paper reported. If convicted, Simmons could face the death penalty. The details of the traffic incident are in dispute, the paper reports, but it appears that Walker’s car might have cut off Simmons’ car moments before the two cars ended up stopped at an intersection. The paper reported that Simmons told police he grabbed a folding knife he kept in his car’s center console and confronted Walker.