Mon., September 28, 2009 4:05pm (EDT)

Coroner: Warner Robins Mayor Kills Himself
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 5 years ago

WARNER ROBINS, Ga.  —  
Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker was in the midst of a heated re-election campaign. (photo courtesy of City of Warner Robins)
Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker was in the midst of a heated re-election campaign. (photo courtesy of City of Warner Robins)
The City of Warner Robins is mourning the sudden death of their longtime Mayor, Donald Walker.

Police say Walker died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His wife called for help late Monday morning.

Paramedics arrived to his home within five minutes and brought Walker to the Houston County Medical Center.

Medics later transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, where he died.

Several Warner Robins officials came to the hospital.

The city's Mayor Pro Tem, John Havrilla called Walker's death a tragedy, saying he was one of the most prominent politicians in Middle Georgia.

"He loved Warner Robins and those of us who worked with him on a daily basis it was easy to tell that Donald Walker put Warner Robins very close behind his family."

Havrilla will take over as acting Mayor of the city.

The 60-year-old Walker was in the midst of a heated re-election campaign.

He had served as the mayor since 1994.