Family of Garrett Walker hires attorney in wake of his death

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The family of Garrett Walker, the University of Alabama student who went missing early Sunday and was found dead Tuesday, has hired a local attorney as representation.

Josh Hayes with Prince, Glover and Hayes Law Firm hosted a news conference on behalf of the Walkers Wednesday, thanking the city of Tuscaloosa, first responders and the UA community for their support in the wake of Garrett’s disappearance.

”The university was amazing from the jump on this,” Hayes said on behalf of the Walkers. “They were quick to offer help to the family. They were quick to offer help to the fraternity brothers and friends of Garrett that you saw piled up on the hill for a couple days.”

UA Student Life brought folding chairs and tarps so students could sit comfortably, and provided food and beverages so those who were concerned could remain at the search.

“I’m awfully proud to be an alum,” Hayes said.

Walker attended the Alabama vs. LSU game Saturday and was with friends at The Gray Lady, a local bar on Greensboro Avenue. He was last seen around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, but everything that happened after is a question his loved ones and investigators are looking to answer.

“Anyone who was in the area the night that Garrett went missing, we need to hear from them,” Hayes said. “If you have information, please reach out. If you saw something or if you think you may have seen something, say something. We need the public to say something.”

On Wednesday, Garrett’s family headed back home to Maryland with Garrett’s Jeep and his dog, Gunner. Before they left, Hayes said they had one wish to share.

“Garrett lived a lot of life in his 20 years,” Hayes said. “We don’t want him remembered for the way he died. We want him remembered for the way he lived. He was an incredible young man. His parents were very proud of him. His mother said it best that she’s going to remember Garrett as a young man of faith. They told the of a tattoo on his body that his father wasn’t pleased with, but he was pleased with the content of it. It was Joshua 1:9.”

That verse reads: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Hayes said no lawsuit has been filed at this time.

A GoFundMe page initially set up to raise money for a reward on information in Walker’s disappearance has thus far raised more than $65,000.

That money is going toward funeral expenses, but the remainder will be used to set up a Garrett Walker Memorial Scholarship.

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