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August 22, 2020

DAILYKENN.com --19-year-old Seth Smith died after being shot in the back of the head.

The victim was a student at UC Berkeley in California. 

“The Berkeley police have said he was simply walking and he was shot in the back of the head. So we just want answers. If anyone knows anything I would just really like them to come forward,” said his mother, Michelle Rode-Smith, after his death.

Arrested after the crime is sixty-year-old Tony Lorenzo Walker, according to berkeleyside.com.

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Nineteen-year-old Seth Smith was walking on Dwight near Valley Street, which runs just parallel to Acton, when a stranger approached him at about 11:30 p.m. and shot him at close range in the back of the head, according to authorities. Police found no evidence of a robbery attempt or any other crime.


There is no evidence that Smith knew Walker before the fatal shooting.


But Berkeleyside has written about Walker in the past, most recently in June 2019.

Police arrested Walker at that time on suspicion of trying to break into a neighbor’s place at Dwight and Acton. BPD said Walker tried to force his way inside the woman’s home, then barricaded himself in his own apartment when she discovered him and scared him off. Walker refused to open his door when police came to investigate, BPD said at the time, but he eventually surrendered without incident. The case was ultimately dismissed as part of a plea for a different case, but no information about that other incident was available online through Alameda County Superior Court records.

Walker was on felony probation at the time of the 2019 break-in attempt, according to police and records reviewed by Berkeleyside.

Walker was placed on probation after a felony gun arrest on Sacramento Street in South Berkeley in 2016, which Berkeleyside also reported. In that case, Walker was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court records. He was sentenced to a few months in jail and five years of felony probation.

Walker’s Alameda County criminal court records online go back to 1982, when he was charged with assault with a semiautomatic weapon and battery, both felonies, after an incident in August of that year. He was held to answer during a preliminary hearing, but the final outcome of that case was not posted among records available online.

The same year, Walker was charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and other violations related to an incident in October. That case was dismissed as part of a plea deal, according to online records.

Ten years later, Walker was charged with felony vehicle theft, but the case was ultimately dismissed, according to court records online.

In 2001, Walker was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and was ultimately convicted, according to records online. He was sentenced to prison and also placed on parole for three years. (It was unclear from available records whether Walker was actually sent to prison or placed directly on parole.)

In 2013, Walker was also placed on two years of probation in connection with a misdemeanor DUI conviction, according to Alameda County court records.

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