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Wake held for man killed in standoff with Durham Police

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Family and friends gather at Antioch Baptist Church for Derek Walker's wake. Family and friends gather at Antioch Baptist Church for Derek Walker's wake.
Derek Walker, 26, died after being shot by a Durham Police officer. He died at the hospital. Derek Walker, 26, died after being shot by a Durham Police officer. He died at the hospital.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Family and friends of a man killed by Durham Police last week gathered Sunday for his wake at Antioch Baptist Church.

A Durham Police officer shot and killed Derek Walker Sept. 17 when he brandished a gun near the Bronze Bull statue in downtown Durham. Police said Walker, 26, had been waving the gun, and they negotiated with him for about an hour before he pointed the gun at the officers, prompting an officer to fire.

A funeral for Walker will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Fisher Memorial United Holy Church. Friends and family will gather tonight at Antioch Baptist Church Sunday for his wake.

Just 16 hours prior to the standoff, Walker had taken to his Facebook page saying, "Don't call me and don't talk to me because I'm not responding. I hope I die very soon and a fast death because this world I live in is sorry."

In the post, Walker, who was a mortician at Hanes Funeral Home, painted a bleak picture of a man who had lost custody of his son following a bitter custody battle.

"I can't take [what] my son's mother is putting me through," Walker wrote. "She has filled [my son's] head up with so much false stuff. He has told me I'm a bad father, I'm not a good dad."

He continued, "I'm ready to die because I have no reason to live right now."

The mother of his son, however, said she was stunned by Walker's comments on Facebook.

"I read the most hurtful things ever," Latasha Alston said. "He said I was putting him through this and that. He said I fed my son with all these lies, that he's a bad dad."

But Alston said her son would come back from visits with his dad with a big smile.

"I don't have any animosity toward Derek. I never had any hatred toward Derek. That's the father of my son," she said.

Alston said Walker wanted their son every other week, but she did not feel that was stable. She said she never filed for full custody.

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