Crime

De'Quan Walker-Smith ID'd as 29th and Franklin homicide victim: Gang-related? (43)

The victim of a shooting last week near 29th and Franklin has been identified as De'Quan Walker-Smith, eighteen -- and while the Denver Police Department hasn't specifically categorized the crime as gang-related, the dangers of this lifestyle hung over a weekend vigil in Walker-Smith's honor -- and it's also evident on his Facebook page.

The main profile photo on the page is this warm shot:

However, the majority of other pics feature Walker-Smith in gangsta poses like this one: Likewise, the "History By Year" feature describes 1993, when he was born, as the date when he "Started work at BEING A SINISTER," and the "About" section defines the term.

Sinister means the following:

In heraldry, the side of an escutcheon or coat of arms that is to the left of the bearer (opposed to dexter)

In the Middle Ages it was believed that when a person was writing with their left hand they were possessed by the Devil. (This was uncommon, particularly as there were fewer literate people). Left-handed people were therefore considered to be evil. Hence, the most common present-day meanings:

Threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous: a sinister remark

Bad, evil, base, or wicked; fell: his sinister purposes

Unfortunate; disastrous; unfavorable: a sinister accident....

And here's what appears under the "Favorite Quotations" heading:

ROAD-PAGE FULLY RAGE.... DAMN I GOT ROAD RAGE JUSTLOOK AT WHO'S ON THA GOT DAMN PAGE IS THE AGE PART OF HIS RAGE MAYBE THIS CAGE IS PART OF BABY DI32EL PAGE BUT ITS LIKE HE HAS NO AGE JUST BLANK RAGE SITTING IN HIS OWN GRAVES LINE UP POP OUT LIKE THEM OLD WESTERN DAYS LIKE RAYS AND AK'S ITS LIKE A BIG TYME PHASE. I GOT A BIG OF LAYS BUT I BRINGA BIG BLACK BAG OF THEM WOODIN-BLACK METEL AK'S.... BUT WHEN IT'S ON POINT MY RAGE WILL MAKE A BIG DAZE....

Some of this material also appears on Walker-Smith's MySpace page, which dubs him "GANGSTA BABY DI32EL."

In the Denver Post's fine coverage of the candlelight vigil for Walker-Smith, Reverend Leon Kelly says the death of De'Quan is the 943rd since he began fighting against the scourge of gang violence two decades ago.

Added a Walker-Smith cousin who spent three decades in the life, during which he saw many of his friends and loved ones wind up in jail or buried prematurely: "Don't waste time. Don't do that to yourself."

Mannie Lee Legrand, twenty, is reportedly being investigated for possible involvement in Walker-Smith's slaying.

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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Top 19 most wanted Denver murder suspects."

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