Houston & Peach

Medical examiner rules Walker’s death a suicide; funeral plans announced

WARNER ROBINS — The Houston County Medical Examiner has ruled the death of Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker as a suicide, saying the gunshot wound that killed him was self-inflicted.

Walker’s wife, Patricia, called 911 just after 11 a.m. Monday to report that the mayor had been shot. Officials rushed him to Houston Medical Center, then transferred him to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 2 p.m.

A Warner Robins Police Department statement issued Tuesday afternoon states the autopsy is still incomplete while officials wait for toxicology and other lab reports, which could take several weeks to be returned from GBI’s crime lab, No further information about the investigation will be made public, the release stated.

Officials also announced plans for the mayor’s funeral. A viewing is scheduled for Thursday at McCullough Funeral Home, 417 S. Houston Lake Road, from noon to 4 p.m., followed by visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday at the Homer J. Walker Jr. Civic Center starting at 2 p.m., followed by graveside services at Magnolia Park.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.

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