Road rage murder victim Patrick Walker to be remembered in a ceremony tomorrow


    Patrick John Walker, the 23-year-old Bel Air man stabbed to death a year ago tomorrow in an incidence of road rage, will be remembered in a candle-lighting ceremony to be held at the site of his killing, according to a story in today’s Aegis. Friends and family are planning to gather at 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Harford County Health Department (119 Hays St.) where Walker’s family has maintained a handmade memorial to him at the spot on Eastern Alley where he died. The Aegis story said that Bel Air Mayor Terry Hanley helped the family plan the memorial, which is expected to include a slide show, readings by a priest and singing. The story says a 4 p.m. Mass is scheduled to be celebrated in Walker’s memory at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church (141 N. Hickory Ave.), prior to the ceremony. The story also said that Hanley spoke of possibly constructing a memorial in Walker’s honor somewhere on the Ma & Pa Trail because Walker was an avid outdoorsman.
    Michael Razzio Simmons, 20, of Fallston, last month pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the killing. He received a 30-year-prison sentence.

    For more on Walker’s anniversary, see Bel Air Scene, a relatively new blog about Bel Air published by someone who knew Walker. He’s devoted several posts this week to his friend’s memory, and mentioned Bel Air News & Views. Thanks, Bel Air Scene and welcome to the Bel Air blogosphere.