Tonight, our little boy's world is a much darker place.
Hurt beyond words, our little boy cried tonight as I told him the news.
Deeply distressed, gasping for air, his little blue eyes cried the kind of tears that no child should ever have to cry. Yet, this is Winnipeg, and lately, across this city, there have been far far too many children like our 10 year old who've been crying tears born of pain, fear, and loss.
The heartfelt tears our boy cried tonight were not for himself. No, his tears were for his friend - his very, very, very best friend. Oh God how he hurt for his friend - it broke my heart. He cried for his best friend because tonight, in South Winnipeg, there is now an 11 year old boy with a heart of gold who must live with the horrifying reality that his big brother was senselessly stabbed to death late Friday night. And this poor vulnerable 11 year old must also live with the horror that his brother, 16 year old Cam Walker, bled out but meters away from his Winnipeg doorstep.
Sixteen year old Cam was stabbed to death by Matt, a 28 year old adult, who was unable, and incapable of, ever grasping the fact that booze, drugs, folly, and rage do not mix. Who, sadly, was too stupid to realize that Winnipeg's seemingly endless grand-tradition of midnight murders via the mediocrity of banal emotions, lost hopes, and empty lives did long ago lose its luster.
Cam was a kid, who like so many others, had his issues - but he was not violent, and he was not mean... he was just a kid, just another Winnipeg kid who didn't deserve to die at sixteen.
So yet again another senseless Winnipeg death has come calling on yet another Winnipeg teen. It saddens me on many levels. It saddens me because tonight our little boy, all of 10 years old, is innocent no more. It saddens me because he now believes he sleeps in a much more frightening and much darker world. And it saddens me even more because, a block and a half from where I write tonight, there sleeps another little boy that I know oh so well, whose true and gifted golden heart has been irrevocably broken by yet another senseless Winnipeg murder. A murder that has taken his big brother away forever. May you rest in peace Cam Walker.