Emma Jane Walker

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Emma Jane Walker

Birth
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Death
21 Nov 2016 (aged 16)
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Knox County, Tennessee, USA GPS-Latitude: 36.1462059, Longitude: -83.9504852
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She was a person with a caring soul. Loving and kind to everyone. Emma was a member of the cheerleading squad, and enjoyed dancing and being with her family and friends.


In 2014, Emma began dating a young man named Riley Gaul. They seemed like the picture-perfect high school couple, but their relationship was toxic. When they started dating, Emma's parents said that he was very nice and she was happy with him. After some time, he would always comment on what Emma wore, telling her what she should and shouldn't do. In November of 2016, Emma's parents decided to ban Riley from their home and took away her phone to stop the teens from communicating. Emma broke up with him during this time, Riley didn't take the breakup well and was bombarding her with messages.


On November 19, 2016, a man dressed in black was wandering around Emma's family home in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was banging on the door. On November 21, 2016, Emma's mother later went to wake up her daughter. Entering the bedroom, she found Emma lifeless. The police found two bullet holes in the wall of the house. Emma had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head after two bullets had been fired into her bedroom from outside the home while she was asleep.


One bullet had hit her behind her left ear and the second had lodged into her pillow. Right from the start, police had Riley as the prime suspect. The bullets in the gun that killed Emma matched a gun that was owned by Riley's grandfather.

Riley was found guilty of first-degree murder, as well as stalking, theft, reckless endangerment and being in possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, and he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 51 years.


Emma Jane Walker, age 16, of Knoxville, passed away on November 21, 2016.


She was a junior at Central High School, a member of the cheerleading squad, HOSA, BETA Club, and Young Life. Emma was a beautiful person with a caring soul. Loving and kind to everyone.


Emma was preceded in death by grandfather Jim Kading, her great-grandparents, and most recently her great grandmother Georgia Clonelle "Nana" Jones.


Survivors include parents Mark & Jill Walker, brother Evan Walker, grandparents Jane Kading & Mark Armstrong, Ronald & Judy Hill, and Bob & Debbie Walker, great grand mothers Betty Kading and Dorothy Evans, aunts Angie Hill & fiancรฉ Randy Ferguson, Jenny Weldon & husband Michael, and Jodi Kading, cousins Grey & Georgia Weldon, and Lane & Caroline Ferguson.



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She was a person with a caring soul. Loving and kind to everyone. Emma was a member of the cheerleading squad, and enjoyed dancing and being with her family and friends.


In 2014, Emma began dating a young man named Riley Gaul. They seemed like the picture-perfect high school couple, but their relationship was toxic. When they started dating, Emma's parents said that he was very nice and she was happy with him. After some time, he would always comment on what Emma wore, telling her what she should and shouldn't do. In November of 2016, Emma's parents decided to ban Riley from their home and took away her phone to stop the teens from communicating. Emma broke up with him during this time, Riley didn't take the breakup well and was bombarding her with messages.


On November 19, 2016, a man dressed in black was wandering around Emma's family home in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was banging on the door. On November 21, 2016, Emma's mother later went to wake up her daughter. Entering the bedroom, she found Emma lifeless. The police found two bullet holes in the wall of the house. Emma had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head after two bullets had been fired into her bedroom from outside the home while she was asleep.


One bullet had hit her behind her left ear and the second had lodged into her pillow. Right from the start, police had Riley as the prime suspect. The bullets in the gun that killed Emma matched a gun that was owned by Riley's grandfather.

Riley was found guilty of first-degree murder, as well as stalking, theft, reckless endangerment and being in possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, and he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 51 years.


Emma Jane Walker, age 16, of Knoxville, passed away on November 21, 2016.


She was a junior at Central High School, a member of the cheerleading squad, HOSA, BETA Club, and Young Life. Emma was a beautiful person with a caring soul. Loving and kind to everyone.


Emma was preceded in death by grandfather Jim Kading, her great-grandparents, and most recently her great grandmother Georgia Clonelle "Nana" Jones.


Survivors include parents Mark & Jill Walker, brother Evan Walker, grandparents Jane Kading & Mark Armstrong, Ronald & Judy Hill, and Bob & Debbie Walker, great grand mothers Betty Kading and Dorothy Evans, aunts Angie Hill & fiancรฉ Randy Ferguson, Jenny Weldon & husband Michael, and Jodi Kading, cousins Grey & Georgia Weldon, and Lane & Caroline Ferguson.



Great-Grand-Father


Great-Grand-Mothe


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