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Old 08-21-2020, 07:34 PM
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Berkeley police make arrest in fatal shooting of Cal student

Berkeley police detectives have arrested a local man in connection with the fatal shooting of a Cal student who was walking on Dwight Way in West Berkeley in June.

Aug. 21, 2020, 3:31 p.m.

Berkeley police detectives have arrested a local man in connection with the fatal shooting of a Cal student who was walking on Dwight Way in West Berkeley in June.

Sixty-year-old Tony Lorenzo Walker lives on Dwight near Acton Street, not far from where the student was shot June 15 on one of his regular nighttime strolls.

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.

Smith, who was just shy of his 20th birthday, was entering his third and final year at UC Berkeley. His mother, Michelle Rode-Smith, has said previously that her son would have finished his studies at Cal in 2021. He was a double major in history and economics.

Berkeley police arrested Walker on Thursday at 1:20 p.m., according to Alameda County jail booking records. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Walker is being held without bail and is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin, according to records online.

Police have said they have referred the case to the Alameda County district attorney’s office for review and consideration of charging. More information may be available next week, BPD said.
Who is Tony Walker?

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

According to his booking record, Walker works for a carpenters union and also goes by the names “Red,” Anthony Walker and Kenneth Lewis. Internet searches for Walker’s name did not lead far.

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
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