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A billboard that has towered over U. It's a question that has proven difficult to answer. Walden, a retail store manager and member of the Race City Rebels roller derby team, was fatally shot in front of his home at Southport Crossing Apartments on May 1, More than two years later, friends, family and police are still searching for answers in the death of the year-old. They all say the same thing: somebody knows something. The billboard encourages those people to come forward, and to keep Walden's story alive. When Kala Klein was scared or hurting, her older brother held her hand. She calls him her "protector.
The two were bonded by blood and friendship, but also tragedy.
When Klein was 13 years old, their father committed suicide. She still remembers sitting in the funeral home with Walden at her side. No one else could know what we were going through. As adults, Klein and Walden only grew closer. Walden became an uncle to Klein's four daughters "he spoiled the crap out of them," Klein saidand although Walden lived in Indianapolis and Klein in Muncie, the two talked every day, multiple times a day. On the night of May 1,Klein remembers "feeling like something in my world had just changed," but she didn't know what. The next morning, she felt sick.
Around 10 p. Just before noon the next day, Benner was called to the apartment complex. A group of young fishermen had found a body near a creek behind one of the apartment buildings. It would later be identified as Walden. Benner said Walden had been shot multiple times and was laying face down near the creek. In the parking lot, outside of Walden's car, police found a bag of groceries and a gym bag.
Walden had just gotten home from roller derby practice. Walden's gym bag appeared untouched, but his cell phone and the ring he wore were missing. Klein said the ring, which was their father's wedding ring, is gold with five small diamonds.
Police canvassed the area where they found a few neighbors who heard gunshots, but no one saw what happened. No one had a description of a possible suspect. Based on the little information he had, Benner believes Walden was likely walking toward his apartment when he was confronted by a stranger. He ran around the apartment building to try to get away when he was fatally shot, police say. Benner said there was a brief period where a few people called in tips. He pursued at least two persons of interest, including one who knew Walden, but neither of them became suspects.
Since then, the case has been quiet. But people are really quiet about this one for some reason. Through loss and pain, Klein has stayed at the forefront of her brother's case, appearing on numerous TV shows and giving interviews. She says she needs to know what happened. She needs to know if her brother suffered. For Klein and her family's sake, Lisa Berning wants answers, too. Berning met Walden in or when he moved to Cincinnati, where she still lives. They were introduced through a mutual friend.
We just clicked," Berning said. They shared countless inside jokes and a love for comedian Maria Bamford. He was easy to laugh with and easy to love, Berning said. Berning still misses her friend.
After Walden's death, she introduced herself to Klein and has since become close with Walden's family. It's made the loss even more profound.
Berning wanted to do something to help. She decided on a billboard and found an available spot near where Walden was killed. By the end of July, the billboard was up. It was paid for through August, and it still stands today. It's expected to be replaced in the next week. Berning hopes to get answers, but the "why" doesn't matter to her. What matters is getting whoever killed her friend off the streets. Benner is looking for any information, no matter how small. Whether someone heard or saw something the day of the shooting or after, he wants to know about it.
If someone has a suspicion, they should report it. Tips can be called in anonymously to TIPS Police are also still looking for information in a fatal shooting on Creekbrook Drive at the same apartment complex on June 12, Police believe it was a robbery gone wrong. The suspect was described as a man dressed in all black with a mask on. Benner said the shell casings found at Creekbrook don't match those in Walden's shooting, but he's not ruling out the possibility that the two are linked.
Information about either case, or any robberies at the complex, could help Walden's case. Klein still has hope that she'll learn exactly what happened to her brother, but she recognizes that she may never get all the answers.
At the very least, she can tell people about Walden — the brother, the uncle, the best friend and the protector. Follow her on Twitter: edepompei. Facebook Twitter. A billboard near I asks who killed Kobi Lee Walden. This is his story. Elizabeth DePompei IndyStar. Show Caption. Hide Caption. Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana allows Indianapolis residents to share anonymous tips with law enforcement.
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A billboard near I asks who killed Kobi Lee Walden. This is his story.