CHICAGO (WLS) — A 25-year-old man is charged with first degree murder for the River North stabbing that killed 36-year-old Jeremy Walker after a road rage incident near Michigan Avenue Tuesday night.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced the charges Friday afternoon.
Alan Perez will appear in bond court Saturday, Brown said.
Police said the two drivers, Perez and Walker, got out of their cars at the intersection of Dearborn and Ohio around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Walker asked Perez, who was driving behind him, why he was honking at him, Brown said.
Perez then got out, armed with a knife, and stabbed Walker in the left side of his neck during the altercation, police said. He then drove away, according to CPD.
Brown said the day after the stabbing, police found Perez’s car parked in the 200-block of West 50th Place. After obtaining a search warrant and as they were searching the car, they came into contact with two passengers who had been in the car at the time of the stabbing.
The passengers identified Perez as the driver, Brown said. He said Perez turned himself into police on Thursday.
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Walker drove away after the attack and eventually flagged down an officer for help near Ohio and Michigan Avenue. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
“He was just a big teddy bear,” said his girlfriend Jessica Evans. “The sweetest person ever. But he also had a very protective side of his family and of himself. And it’s just unfortunate that things transpired the way that they did.”
Walker’s family said he was working as a food delivery person, but was just days away from starting a new job as a bus driver. His sister said while the arrest does bring her family some comfort, it doesn’t bring her brother back.
Walker is survived by his son.
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