Anderson was ordained as a minister at Jesus People Ministries Church International in Miami Gardens about a decade ago. For the past two years, she hosted Bible study in her home every Tuesday and was assistant pastor at Breakthrough Deliverance and Healing Prayer Ministries. As head of the groups Community Action Committee, she was concerned about addressing escalating crime in the neighborhood.
She was such a quiet, humble person, said head pastor Dr. E. Gail Brown, who first met Anderson more than 20 years ago. Its just so devastating to know someone would do that to a person so innocent.
Anderson cared for frail elders in the community, helping them shop for groceries, taking them on walks and sometimes spending all night with them in the hospital. Local youth hid their liquor and cigars when she walked past. When someone needed help with a job application, getting a child to school or putting food on the table, Anderson was quick to lend a hand, relatives and neighbors recalled.
When Anderson missed the regular walks last Sunday and Monday, one of her elderly friends called the police, Walker said.
Anderson was very close to the grandson who came to live with her three months ago, according to Brown. Known as TJ, he moved to Miami from Jacksonville to study electrical engineering at ITT Technical Institute. He paid the bills by working as a cook at Burger King and went to church with his grandmother every Sunday.
He wasnt the kid that partied and did that kind of stuff. He was kind, sweet, helpful, said his aunt, Anita Walker Thomas.
At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, TJ might have had a promising career playing football. He joined Orange Park High Schools varsity team his freshman year and had interest from recruiters at local universities.
But he decided to quit the sport.
He didnt want to hurt anyone, his uncle recalled.
After graduating from high school in 2011, Walker worked in a Jacksonville nursing home. He was a diehard Miami Hurricanes fan, loved local rapper Ice Berg and easily made people laugh, said his friend Kendrea Woods.
He just wanted to be successful, have a family. I guess the quote-unquote American Dream, Woods said.
She spoke to Walker the day before he died and got the news by seeing RIP TJ on Twitter.
I didnt believe it, she said. I just want to ask the person why?
I dont think TJ understood the impact he had. He touched a lot of people without noticing, she added.
In the journal Walker kept through his childhood and teenage years, he noted that he wanted to look back in 10 years and see the difference hed made. One of the three people who inspired him most, he wrote, was his grandmother.
Walker had three teenaged sisters, whom his parents had adopted as little girls. His mother, Carolyn Walker Andersons daughter is a registered nurse in Jacksonville, and his father is a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Anderson also had a son, Willie Harris, Jr.
Were going to miss her, but we know where she is, said Andersons friend Ernestine Fox when she addressed those assembled. Shes all right.
She is, they murmured. She is.