EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Merrimack Valley

April 18, 2013

Martinez sentenced to life in prison

SALEM, Mass. — A Lowell man was convicted yesterday of the first degree murder of Timothy Walker in Lawrence in July 2010.

Rafael Martinez, 21, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following the week long trial in Salem Superior Court.

Walker, 20, was shot in the head as he sat on his grandmother’s 375 Lowell St. porch on July 24, 2010. Walker was on life support for two days before he died.

“I am so happy. I was so nervous all week. This won’t bring Timothy back but it’s the very last gift I can give to my son,” said Denise Murray, Walker’s mother.

“I’m going to the cemetery after we leave court. It’s done and I can tell Timothy now that he can rest easy,” Murray said yesterday, after the guilty verdict was handed down.

Murray addressed the court, giving an impact statement to Judge Timothy Feeley, prior to Martinez’s 3 p.m. sentencing yesterday.

After her son died at Massachusetts General Hospital, Murray donated his organs. His liver, pancreas, kidneys and a lung were harvested and transplanted into five waiting patients that ranged in age from 18 to 60.

“To me, my son is a hero. He saved five lives,” Murray said.

Jurors in the murder trial viewed surveillance video that showed Martinez getting out of a Nissan Murano armed with a shotgun. Parked near 375 Lowell St., Martinez then fired the shotgun, kicking up dust and debris and tripping car alarms in the area.

Martinez was not immediately charged after Walker’s death but 10 months later after a Boston news station aired a segment on the murder and showed the surveillance video. Authorities said Martinez saw the video on the news and then later admitted to his girlfriend and girlfriend’s mother that, after a day of drinking, he shot Walker.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Merrimack Valley

Eagle-Tribune News Videos
Photos of the Week