Video: Miami-Dade high school student lost to gun violence
U.S. Marshals, acting on a tip from Miami-Dade detectives, found 15-year-old Christopher Walker hiding in his aunt’s Brooklyn apartment on Wednesday, took him into custody and charged him with the murder of a promising Homestead teen who died in a hail of bullets inside her car.
Christopher was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the October death of Noricia Talabert, 17. The South Dade High School senior had just picked up two friends at a local corner grocery when, police say, Walker opened fire on the vehicle with an AK-47.
Daquantay Allen, 17, and Deanna Clayton, 17, were injured in the ambush but survived.
“It is tragic that this young lady lost her life to the hands of a 15-year-old,” said Miami-Dade police Lt. John Jenkins. “The subjects of these shootings are getting younger and younger, and that is a tragedy in and of itself.”
Talabert’s family said Noricia was eating dinner at an Applebee’s in Homestead with a friend on a Saturday night when she got a call from school friends Daquantay and Deanna. The two asked for a ride from the corner store at 1224 NW Eighth Ct., to a home less than a block away.
Family members said what Daquantay and Clayton didn’t tell Noricia was that they had noticed a car roaming the neighborhood that had frightened them.
Shortly after they got into Noricia’s red Nissan, police say, Walker opened fire. The car careened through a field and across a street, coming to rest against a tree.
Talabert, a straight A student, planned to study to be a beautician at the University of Central Florida, her mother said.
On Walker’s Facebook page, where he goes by the name of Polo Savage, there are several pictures of him flaunting money and smoking weed. In one picture, he’s holding a shotgun at his side, pointed upward.
Jenkins said Miami-Dade detectives traveled to New York and confronted Walker before U.S. Marshals took him into custody. He hadn’t been extradited to Miami as of Wednesday night. The New York Daily News, which broke the story Tuesday night, called the group that took Walker into custody the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.