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$20,000 reward offered in 2014 killing of young father in Altadena

Nicole Walker stepped up to the podium at downtown Los Angeles' Hall of Justice as tears filled her eyes.

The 25-year-old described the pain of losing her older brother, a man she said was changing his life.

The prospect, she said, of turning 26, the same age as her brother at the time of his killing, “has weighed heavily on me,” she said.

“He was my first best friend,” she said.

Walker and her family are still reeling from the loss of 26-year-old Christopher Walker, who was shot and killed at a burger stand in Altadena on Oct. 30, 2014.

Authorities, who said they have “exhausted all leads,” announced a $20,000 reward at a news conference Wednesday. Specifically, they are looking for anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting or lived nearby.

About 4:30 p.m. that day, Walker ordered food at Fair Oaks Burger, then sat down to wait with his back toward Fair Oaks Boulevard. A black man, between 18 and 24 years old with a medium build, got out of a light-colored sedan and shot at Walker, then fled.

“There were definitely people at the restaurant besides Christopher,” said L.A. County Sheriff's Sgt. Chaffey Shepherd, who is investigating the killing.

Although Walker had troubles in his past, he had recently returned from living in Arizona to be closer to family. He held a full time job in marketing and was taking care of his two children.

“We ask for your help,” said Richard Walker, Christopher’s father. “This has to stop.”

After their son's death, Richard and his wife, Ursula Walker, have questioned why there isn't more outrage regarding black-on-black killings. 

"There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Christophers in graves today," Ursula Walker said.

On work days, Christopher arrived at his parents' house by 5:50 a.m. and would drive with his mother to downtown L.A., where the two worked just blocks away from each other.

Nicole Walker remembers when her big brother turned 25. She posted a status on Facebook, saying she was proud. “He had the will to do better,” she said. “And he was doing better.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

Photo: Nicole Walker speaks at a news conference announcing a reward for information in her brother's killing. Credit: Nicole Santa Cruz / Los Angeles Times

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