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Family of 2010 murder victim offers reward

The family of murder victim Stephen “DJ Box” Walkes has offered a $1,000 reward for credible information that will lead to the arrest of his killer or killers.

Walkes, a deejay and a father of five, was shot dead on August 21, 2010 as he stood at Gibbs Corner.

Almost a year and a half after his son was left dead on the side of the road, Wilfred Swain wants closure.

As he recounted fond memories of his second child, whom he often shot pool with, Swain’s eyes welled up with tears.

He claimed that relatives have gotten little information from investigators at the Central Detective Unit (CDU) since his son’s death, which has exacerbated their grief.

“[We’re] trying to get along,” Swain said from his home in Pinewood Gardens. “After [more than] a year of nothing from [CDU]. . .we just want to know [what’s happening]. There’s no conclusion. We’re not saying they’re not doing their job, but we haven’t heard [anything].”

Swain said he hopes the reward money will spur someone with pertinent details about the case to come forward.

“We decided to do it like this to get information. You can’t raise the dead, but at least something could ease your heart. If they have anything, come forward.  Everything will be kept confidential,” he said.

Swain maintained that his son was not a troublemaker, but an avid music lover and doting father who shared his musical passion with his brood.

“He loved his kids; he was a fun-loving person. He liked music; [he was] a nice, quiet person, wasn’t troublesome or nothing. He just stuck to his music,” he said.

Walkes, 28, never got to see his fifth child, who was born after he died.

Assistant Superintendent B. K. Bonamy Jr., head of homicide investigations at CDU, said he spoke with the victim’s family yesterday morning and has arranged to meet with them today.

Bonamy said Walkes had no criminal history but there were a few personal disputes at the time of his death that police have to investigate.

“From our information it appears as though it was a robbery that just went bad. [However], we knew he was having one or two disputes with persons,” he said.

He also said investigators were not withholding information from Walkes’ family and had an open door policy with relatives of murder victims.

Anyone with information on Walkes’ murder is asked to contact CDU at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.

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