Murder victim's family carrying on fight after killer's conviction

(WMC-TV) - Casey Colbert was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ben Walker during an attempted robbery in Frayser in 2009.  Walker's mother said Thursday that Colbert's conviction is not the final chapter in the story of her son's violent death.

Beverly Walker's son would have turned 25 last month.  On his birthday, friends sent her letters recalling their fondest memories of Ben Walker.

"Ben helped me through some hard times, both financially and emotionally," she said.

In 2009, Ben Walker was robbed and gunned down in Frayser.  Friday, it took jurors less than 2 hours to find Colbert guilty of first degree murder and sentence him to life behind bars.

"My husband and I had no doubt that this person killed our child, and we were desperate for the guilty verdict," said Beverly Walker.

When she left the courthouse, Beverly Walker had a rare opportunity to thank the jurors.

"These jurors surrounded me, put their arms around me," she said.  "They said, 'we felt your pain in the courtroom from the very first day.'"

"It doesn't do anything to bring Ben back, of course, but it was for me a relief," said the victim's father, Sean Walker.

The Walkers are satisfied with the justice system, but they have not forgotten how the 911 emergency system let them down when dispatchers sent paramedics to the wrong address while their son lay dying in the street.

"It was well over 49 minutes before an ambulance arrived," said Beverly Walker.

Now that the trial is over, Beverly Walker plans to continue her fight for an improved 911 system.  Her husband continues to run the tree service his son left behind.

"You know, really, in the end, we got justice but there is no closure," said Beverly Walker.  "Ben is not here."

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