As Frances Walker’s relatives prepare to bury her, they say she tried to evict the tenant accused of her murder several times.
Walker’s funeral will be held privately at the request of her family. Her wake was held on Wednesday, and her funeral will be held on Thursday and Saturday.
Walker herself played the organ at numerous funerals over the years.
“At funerals, she played the church organ. She was so gracious that she gave everyone a chance “Cory Walker, her niece, agreed.
While the criminal case moves forward, Walker’s fans will remember her in the coming days.
“The whole situation is hard for me,” her brother Jerome Walker said. “It’s easy for me to talk about her but it’s hard for me to deal with the situation.”
The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication refused to reveal how many times police were called to Walker’s home, claiming that doing so would jeopardize the investigation. In October, Chicago police responded to the Walkers’ home five times.
“They have rights as a tenant, but if you fear for your safety or have issues, the landlord should have rights not only as a landlord but as cohabiter of the domain,” Cory Walker explained.
“I feel like their hands were tied or maybe there was something that could have been done differently,” Cory Walker said. “It has altered the course of our lives. It’s leaving a huge void.”
Walker was murdered earlier this month, and portions of her dismembered body were discovered in her freezer. Sandra Kolalou, one of her tenants, has been charged with her murder.
During the suspect’s bond hearing, a Cook County prosecutor stated that Walker had placed an eviction notice on the suspect’s door the day before the murder.
Walker, according to relatives, repeatedly called police to have the tenant removed.
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