Police say Jekierin Walker, 20, was panhandling at a Valero gas station in Marion, Texas, on August 21st. At 1:00 PM, he allegedly shot Stefan Volkmann, 41, multiple times after Volkmann refused to give him money. Volkmann died at the hospital shortly after.
The shooting was witnessed by Volkmann’s mother and multiple other people. Police say that Walker immediately claimed responsibility for the killing and justified it on racial grounds. While being booked in court, he even racially taunted the victim’s mother, yelling, “Your son was a racist.” Authorities say Walker has shown no remorse.
Walker claims that the victim called him a racial slur, a common fake story told by Black perpetrators of racial violence. None of the witnesses have corroborated this. Friends and family of the victim say it is a phony tale.
The murder has received only minor local media coverage. Fox 29/NBC 4 aggressively downplayed the killing and hyped the perpetrator’s allegations. They called it a “racial slur confrontation,” even though they have no evidence the perpetrator’s tale is factual. KENS 5 also downplayed the killing, calling it “some kind of argument.”
The innocent victim was a single father who left behind a 16-year-old son.
Marion is a small town that is 70% White and 20% Black.