Emma Walker's legacy gives a voice to victims of domestic violence

My life changed forever on the morning of Nov. 21, 2016, when I found my beautiful daughter, Emma, had been murdered in her sleep. Those are words every mother prays she never has to say. Emma was bubbly, kind, and a friend to all. She had a contagious zest for life that was especially apparent when doing what she loved — being on the sidelines cheering on the Central High School Bobcats in our hometown of Knoxville. It was no surprise when Emma caught the attention of a Central High School junior and wide receiver on the football team, Riley Gaul. My first impression of him was a positive one. He was a polite, very normal-seeming kid. How could I have known that I was not only meeting my daughter’s new boyfriend, I was also meeting her future murderer?

You can read more about Jill Walker and her daughter Emma here


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  • Jaspreet Singh
    published this page in Victim Voices 2023-12-04 13:48:00 -0800