Queens Dad Kills Wife, Daughter and Mother-in-Law Before Killing Himself


A deranged dad killed his wife, daughter and mother-in-law with bullets to the head in a methodical murder spree at their Queens home early Saturday, police said.

The suspected killer was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound five hours later in a wooded area of Queens, police said.

Jonathon Walker, 34, put a bullet into his own head near the Bergen Basin, and his body was discovered inside the silver GMC Arcadia used to flee the gore-spattered crime scene. A weapon was recovered by police.

The dead man’s 12-year daughter, who was fighting for her life Saturday after surviving a gunshot to her head, had managed to dial 911 and report the morning massacre, sources said.

Police arrived to find the bodies of Walker’s wife Shantai Hale, 31, her mom Viola, 62, and 7-year-old Kayla Walker after the gunman targeted the victims in their bedrooms, the sources said.

Viola’s weeping sister said the family was living in the slain older woman’s home.

“She was a lovely person,” said a devastated Patricia Simmons, 64, of her sister. “She cared for her grandkids. She always made a place for then. Her daughter was living with her — with this guy.

“They seemed to be such a happy family. I didn’t see anything I should be alarmed about. We’re all so shocked.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Walker, who played pro basketball in Portugal in 2008-09, fled the Springfield Gardens home on 148th Ave. near 231st St. after the 5:40 a.m. slaughter, the sources said.

“It’s a very gruesome scene in there,” said City Council member Donovan Richards (D-Queens). “No one expected this. It’s horrific, just horrific.”

The wounded 12-year-old, Christina Walker, was undergoing surgery at Long Island Jewish Hospital Saturday morning, police said.

“She’s fighting, she’s fighting,” said a teary Wendell Warren, another of Viola’s six siblings. “She was always the toughest. I believe she’s going to make it.”

It was unclear if the child called 911 before or after her father pumped a bullet into her head.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News | Erik Badia, Ryan Sit and Larry McShane

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