A North Carolina father gave up on life after a nasty custody battle with his son’s mother, according to friends. Derek Walker, 26, was shot and killed by police during a standoff after he lost custody of his kids.
Durham police were called to Walker’s home on Monday after reports of a distraught man brandishing a gun, according to local affiliate WNCN. Police attempted to negotiate with the man for about an hour before he turned his gun on police, causing them to fire at him.
According to police, Walker was suicidal and crying at times during his conversations with police.
Prior to the incident, Walker wrote the following on his Facebook page:
F*CK MY LIFE! I give up…I cant take the shit my son mother is putting me through…days missing from work…She has filled Ethan head up with so much false stuff..he has told me im a bad father..im not a good dad…If there was really a true n living god and jesus then he wudnt put me through this sh*t..She has hit me slapped me in front ofnour child i call the f*ck DPD and they say they have no f*ckn proof…Thennu go downtown and file and then they wamt to issue papers on me!!!!! F*ck life all I know now is that im a DEAD MAN WALKING..
He then continued:
I hope if there is a god that he allow the devil to kill me right now bc there is no reason for me to live right now! Good job Latasha Alston uve won the battle! YOU want full custody you got it..THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AINT SH*T…Im ready to die bc I have no reason to live right now! F*CK MY LIFE! THERE IS NO such thing as a god! Ive prayed and ive gotten no response to this..Ive beem going through this battle for 5 longnyears and im tired and I finally give up! I quit
After the post, friends tried to reach out to Walker, but to no avail.
“He was a father who had been dealing with a nasty custody battle within the court system,” friend Truitt O’Neal said. “He was extremely and emotionally drained.”