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Antoine Walker shaken by home invasion

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

An NBA player robbed at gunpoint in his Chicago home earlier this week talked publicly for the first time about the crime Wednesday. Antoine Walker says he is hurt that he was targeted in a frightening attack in his own hometown.

Walker is hosting a summer basketball camp at Rich Central High School. That is where he talked with reporters about the incident.

People who are victims of home invasions and armed robberies quite often understandably choose not to publicly discuss what they have been through. But Antoine Walker, as an NBA star, is a public figure who has legions of fans and so he chose to publicly discuss his very frightening ordeal.

"I'm happy I'm unharmed, my family, are unharmed. The material things, that can be replaced," Walker said.

Walker remains deeply shaken by what happened in his home Monday evening. He says three men all wearing masks forced him with guns to his head back into his home.

"It happened really quickly. Within three to five minute span. So it was real quick. I had no chance to really react," said Walker.

Walker was bound with duct tape. The robbers took Walker's jewelry, money and Mercedes, which was recovered later on the West Side with its wheels missing. He has been reassured that police are making progress and that family and friends are there to support him.

"Any time you life is threatened, obviously, you're going to be hurt by it. I'm not Superman. I'm going to take some time and use my family and friends as support," Walker said.

Walker had a moving van behind his home Wednesday and said he is probably going to move out of his River North home. It is in a neighborhood of multimillion dollar homes with an abundance of security measures.

Nonetheless, the 6'9" forward for the Miami Heat, says he feels violated, feels angry, and so is his mom.

"He's a giving person, and you can ask for anything, he'll give it to you," said Diane Walker, mother.

Walker runs a kids basketball camp at Rich Central. While he may be moving from his current home, he says his commitment to the kids and to his hometown remains undiminished.

Walker was robbed once before seven years ago. He says he doesn't know if he was targeted in the home invasion on Monday night. Apart from moving, he says, from here on out he is going to be taking a lot more precautions.

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