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Parents carry on murdered son's tree cutting business

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South tree cutting service will be especially busy cleaning up after the recent storms, but the extra business will be bittersweet for the owners.

22-year-old Ben Walker of Ben's Tree Service was gunned down during an armed robbery in Frayser last month. 

He started his company when he was a teenager, and he loved his work.

"Ben has, was always an outdoors person," said his mother, Beverly. "He loved wildlife, he loved to fish...he loved everything about the outdoors."

Ben's parents know very little about trimming trees. Beverly works as a cancer researcher and father Sean is a financial advisor.

But the Walkers refused to let their son's dream die with him. With the help of Ben's friends on staff, his parents have taken over the business.

"Ben would have wanted us to keep this business going. So, we're going to do everything in our power to keep this business going," said friend Casey Sears.

Mastering the tree business will take some adjusting, but Beverly says she's ready for the task.

"The chief mom of operations is what I'm called now," she said.

Just two weeks and a day before her son's murder, Beverly marched for peace in a Midtown anti-crime rally.

For Beverly and Sean, running Ben's business is a distraction from their tremendous grief - and from the reality of violent crime in the community where they raised and lost their only child.  
"It's gotten to the place where you're not safe in any part of town right now, and it really can happen to you," said Sean.


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