Patrick Walker makeshift memorial


While Bel Air’s town commissioners talk about someday raising money for a memorial to Patrick J. Walker, 23, who was stabbed to death in downtown Bel Air in an incidence of road rage May 26, it appears those close to Walker have already taken the opportunity to remember their loved one with a makeshift memorial of their own. Nestled in the roots of a tree near the spot where Walker died they’ve placed flowers, candles, crosses, photos and a rock inscribed with a message of loss. The memorial sits across the alley from the Harford County Health Department building at the end of Eastern Alley just before it intersects with East Churchville Road. That’s the spot where the cars of Walker and Michael R. Simmons, who is charged in Walker’s murder, were stopped when Walker was killed on a busy Friday afternoon. Simmons, 19, of Fallston is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail in the Harford County Detention Center in connection with Walker’s killing. Police said Simmons told them he believed Walker’s car had cut him off in traffic just prior to the altercation. Simmons trial is scheduled for Jan. 3. Walker’s murder was the first in Bel Air in 23 years.