TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuscaloosa Police Department said they have positively identified the body of 20-year-old University of Alabama student Garrett Walker.
A police department release said divers recovered his body just before 4 p.m. Walker’s family and UA students have been notified, according to the release.
Divers focused on the area of the Black Warrior River near the old Bama Belle boat landing, according to TPD. Walker had been first reported missing Sunday afternoon.
Stuart Bell, president at the University of Alabama, released the following statement on Walker’s death:
“Our University of Alabama community is heartbroken by the loss of our student, Garrett Walker. Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with his family, friends and loved ones as we mourn his passing. The UA counseling center is available for those affected by the mournful news of his passing.”
Following identification of Walker’s body, his family released the following statement:
“Garrett Walker’s family is devastated by the announcement from Tuscaloosa Police that his body
was pulled from the Black Warrior River following a multi-day search.
‘We remember Garrett as a young man of faith,’ said his mother, Debbie Walker. “’We were so
proud of him. He was dedicated to his faith and his friends, he loved to learn, and was so excited
about studying at the University of Alabama.’
“Garrett was a Junior Aerospace Engineering Student at UA. A private pilot with significant
aviation experience, Garrett selected University of Alabama to follow in his grandfather’s
footsteps as an engineer.
‘He was proud to be a student here and to was eager to make his mark in the world,’” said
Andrew Walker, his father. “’Our son was an exceptional young man. There are no words to
describe our loss.’”
“Garrett’s large family includes his two twin brothers and a sister. They are now planning
“Andrew and Debbie thank the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Fire and Rescue divers, theFamily of Garrett Walker
University of Alabama community and everyone who engaged in the search for their son. A Go
Fund me page has been established by the family in order to endow a scholarship honoring
Garrett’s life. They now ask for privacy as they grieve.”
No other information has been released as this is an ongoing investigation.
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