College classmates honor local victim

Memorial design based on student’s last project


FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Mary Walker, left and Bill Walker shovel concrete into wooden framework on the University of Cincinnati campus as part of a project to honor their son, Christopher J. Walker, who was killed February 24, 2013. The memorial bench was an initiative by Chris’ classmates at the UC School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. ABOVE: Classmates work on a bench that is to be dedicated on the UC campus Tuesday, April 22. (PHOTOS | UC DAAP)

Christopher J. Walker made such an impact on his classmates at the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning that they’ve made it their senior project to bring life to his final project design.

Mr. Walker, 21, was killed Feb. 24, 2013, when he was struck by a hit-skip driver as he was walking across northbound Interstate 71 near the William Howard Taft Road exit near Cincinnati.

The 2010 Bellefontaine High School graduate was near the end of his third year at UC DAAP when he died.

To honor him, his peers and professors have worked together to build a commemorative bench on the campus of the school.

Students and several professors worked extensively with college administration to see the project through, and it has been fully approved as the students’ senior project.



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An artist’s rendering of the memorial.