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Atmore student dies suddenly

By By LEE WEYRICH for The Brewton Standard
Unanswered questions surround the tragic death of an Atmore 15-year-old who died suddenly at school this past week.
Naldo Walker, a sophomore at Escambia County High School, died Wednesday, Jan. 5 while playing basketball with some friends in the gym, assistant principal Kyle Fergusen said.
"Somewhere between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., Naldo left the gym to get some
water, came back in and just passed out," said Fergusen.
Coach Bell who was supervising the game, tried to revive him but was
unsuccessful. CPR was administered until an ambulance arrived at the scene.
Walker died at Atmore Community Hospital within minutes of his arrival.
The initial autopsy has been unable to determine the cause of death, Escambia County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Raulerson said.
"The anatomical autopsy did not produce a cause of death. We will have to study samples under a microscope to determine cause of death," Raulerson said.
Initial results do not show any brain or physical abnormalities that could
cause death, he said.
Naldo lived in Atmore with his mother, Valerie Jemison, until 1996 when they
moved to Atlanta. In Atlanta, Walker was placed in accelerated learning
classes. Naldo only recently moved back to Atmore.
Jemison said. "This last time he made up his mind he wanted to be here."
Walker showed great promise athletically and played football for his school.
His jersey number was 47.
Walker has been described by faculty as a "good kid" who never caused problems.
"He had good grades, a good personality, he was on the AB honor roll and he has never missed a day of class," Fergusen said.
Mellonee Davis, Walker's English teacher, agreed.
"He had a very dedicated attitude in class; he was a leader and you could always count on him to answer questions," she said.
Students were informed of the tragedy 30 minutes before school ended Wednesday. This was not the first student death this year.
"We've lost four outstanding students, this year. It's been a tough year.
Our kids will bounce back and we'll make it though the school year, but it really has been a tough year here in general."
All four deaths this year have been members of the ECHS football team – Woodrow Riley who died in an apparent suicide and two other fallen teammates, Kelvin Norman and Clifton Cooks, who died when their automobile was struck by a train in the Freemanville community.
Coach Bell declined comment.
Public viewing will be Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Turner Funeral Chapel in Atmore. Thursday the body will lie in-state from noon until 1 p.m. at Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church, Nokomis. The funeral will be at 1 p.m.