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Mark Wernick
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 12:23 am:   

I just did a google search looking for my old friend Brian Walker. I last saw him in about 1978 or 1979 when he visited me while I was in graduate school in Austin, Texas. He and Barbara had no children at that time.

I met Brian while working with troubled teens in a Houston mental health program. We took the kids out on wilderness survival trips for a month at a time. Brian helped me to find something inside myself I didn't know was there. Brian woke me up to life. He was an amazing man.

I knew his wife Barbara also and held her in great esteem. I remember in about 1975 listening with Barabara to the "Baba Ram Das" albums after Brian left for New Guinea. We both missed him so much that the Zen philosophizing didn't help us much with our grief.

Brian introduced me to the music of Tom Rush. He taught me how to make a Punjabi dish called Mung Dahl, which I made for years (until I lost the recipe). He made me a concoction out of cucumber and yogurt when I came home from a wilderness trek with diarrhea. He built a shower for me in my little garage apartment that had only a bath.

Brian worked for CARE in Lahore, Pakistan, in the Punjab region; Papua New Guinea in the Peace Corps; and other places I can't remember.

Brian lived to give. He grew very restless when he wasn't busy doing something for someone else. He was passionate, fiery, intolerant of hatred, and as gentle a human being in the depths of his heart that I have ever known. He felt too much. It was like he couldn't turn off his sensitivity.

My google search led me to Brian - sort of. It led me to the newspaper articles that described Brian and Barbara's murder by their younger son, Blake, last December. Blake will be sentenced tomorrow.

I'm very stunned right now. I really can't imagine anyone I've ever know whom I regard as less likely than Brian to be murdered by their child.

Manning Walker is the surviving son. Manning, if you read these notes, feel free to e-mail me at I can't begin to understand the pain you must be feeling right now, but I certainly know you're suffering. I'd like to meet you, talk with you about your parents, find out about your life.

Kind regards,

Mark Wernick in Houston
Patty Bunch ( -
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 10:48 pm:   

It's '07 now and I've just found and read your writing. I live in the community where Brian & Barbara lived. I worked with Barbara at Linsey Wilson College for a year, that where we met. She was one of the sweetest women one would meet anywhere. I haven't a clue what happened that night in the house when Blake did what he did. There were many tales going around, but Blake told the courts Brian paid no attention to him, he stayed on the computer all the time and Blake did all the chores. Manning,his older brother was away in school.Brian was working on a trip to some third world country and his intentions were to take Blake with him. Blake hated that kind of work, he claimed Brian had no regard for his likes or dislikes and his mother would not intercede on his behalf. He said he just could not face that trip, leaving the comforts of home, school, friends, I can't remember what all he did say about it. I think he did what he did out of dispare, feeling he was caught and had no one who cared. All teens at some point have that feeling. The difference now than when I was a teen is now the guns and other weapons are so easy to get to and young kids are taught to use them. I still remember when Blake was running from the law, how afraid I was for him. I knew he had done a terrible thing, but I also knew how much Barbara loved him, and I prayed for the Lord to let him be captured instead of shot on sight as I feared would happen. Again, I don't know why he didn't think of running away, or some other way of solving his problem he had with his Dad, but what he did is done and it can't be reversed. I believed the farm has been sold and Manning has left Adair County. This is such a sad, sad thing. That's all I know about it. I don't know now where Blake is. He was here in Columbia for sometime, but when he became 18 he was moved to a different place. Have a good night!
patricia clark ( -
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 3:51 am:   

God has placed Blake in my heart and I can not forget about this young man who obviously was not old enough to comprehend the consequences of his actions. I could see he was an overacheiver and he was striving for his own identity which was crumbling before his eyes. with the car wreck (normal teen antics) came the loss of his whole life of work the eagle scout recognition. His father was beginning his oppression as it was christmas break and no one was around to rescue blake. I read all this from the papers and have never spoke to him or the family or law. my son and I speak about blake and he understood blakes actions too. god bless you blake walker and god forgive me for not doing as i should have done which was to work to free you blake. I shall begin my work to bring your story those who hold your future. I have audio tapes of me and my son talking about your case as we both knew in our hearts that you had no other option in your mind at that time that you commited the act to save yourself! I will copy these posts and send them to you perhaps. I noticed your record was not on the Kentucky Offender Lookup Link of the corrections website. I hope you are ok blake. I am angry at the powers that be that allowed you to be sent to prison. They had to have known what happened in your mind, you were never a typical child with typical demands on you! God please be with blake.
neighbor (
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 6:33 pm:   

I have a real tough time believing that you really knew Blake or his parents. Blake was always a sneaky kid. He got caught at boy scout camp stealing from the camp store. He bullied the younger kids including my own every chance he got. He was not a nice kid at all. Yes..he was very book smart and could have done anything that he wanted. Instead...he is blaming his father. I am sure that Brian was upset...his 16 year old son had just wrecked a car drinking and driving. I would have been upset also. He was trying to get Blake to straighten up and make something of himself. But Blake CHOSE to take the lives of the 2 people that loved him most. Manning's life will never be the same. He definitely knew that what he was doing was wrong. I don't feel sorry for him at all...he did this to himself. And he is in KOOL, not sure why you didn't find him but he is in the Eastern Kentucky correctional complex.
Emily Murphy (
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 2:14 pm:   

my name is emily and i was shocked to when i learned that blake killed his parents. he was my brothers best friend and i can't beleive he did what he did if anyone knows where blake was sent to prison please email me. thanks
Anonymous ( -
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 1:27 am:   

I knew Blake's family a long time ago also probably they won't remember and we went to the American School together in Pakistan but today when an old friend told me what had happend I was stunned. Its true that the last time i saw blake was in Elementary School but I was shocked to hear the news that he had shot his parents. Anyway I wish all the best for Manning.
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Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 3:52 pm:   

I knew Brian in Pakistan in 1976-77. I am shocked to see this news. I have been decommissioning old photo albums from that period and it occurred to me that Brian was from Houston. I thought I would try to look him up, given the terrible weather news we have been getting. It never occurred to me that something like this could have occurred to him years ago. So very sorry for Manning. Would love to hear from him or any other mutual friends who may see this.

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