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Feb 20, 2013 12:20 AM by Andy Koen

Family describes murder victim as loveable and caring

COLORADO SPRINGS - The family a Cincinnati soldier whose body was at a Colorado Springs hotel room Sunday morning describe their sister and daughter as a very warm and caring individual. Sgt. Kimberly Walker, 28, part of a refueling company attached to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley Kansas.

Her twin sister Kara, who serves in the Navy, said Kimberly had just received a promotion to the rank of sergeant and was very proud of her accomplishment.

"My uncles and one of my aunts were in the Army and since we were little she wanted to join the Army and that was just one of her goals," Kara said.

During her 9 years of service, Walker was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Egypt. Kara says Kimberly was also preparing to deploy to Afghanistan later this summer.

"She was the person you could go to for anything if it was work related or if you just had a problem," Kara said. "People's kids loved her, they always came around her and she was just a very loveable person."

On Sunday morning, the police found Kimberly's body at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The coroner determined she had been strangled and beaten.

She had apparently come to town to visit Montrell Mayo, a 24-year-old Army sergeant stationed at Fort Carson. Mayo was arrested Sunday afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina on charge of first degree murder. He will be brought to Colorado Springs for trial.

While the past few days have been very difficult for the Walker family, her father Kevin Walker wants Kimberly to be remembered for her commitment to service.

"Keep in your thoughts and prayers because you know, she was like the Army said the best we can be; she was the best that it was," he said.

Kimberly will be buried with full military honors at a funeral service in Cincinnati.


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