Mike Walker, drummer of rock band Aranda, allegedly murdered by own son

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Mike Walker, drummer of hard rock band Aranda, was shot and killed at his home in Edmond, Oklahoma, early Monday morning.

Walker’s 19-year old son Michael Elijah Walker allegedly shot him and his wife Rachael Walker after arguing about Satanism, NewsOK reported. The couple’s 17-year-old son, Isaiah Walker, was the one who called 911 and reported hearing gunshots inside the house. He then revealed to the dispatcher that his older brother told him that he had shot and killed their parents  “because they were sending him messages telepathically and they were Satan worshippers,” police reported.

“Walker told police he began arguing with his parents in his bedroom, where the pistol was sitting beside him on the bed. He said his father grabbed him on the bed and said, “Give me the gun”,  NewsOK reports.

Elijah Walker, was arrested and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Walker joined the band Aranda in 2004. Aranda, formed in 2001, is fronted by brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda and featured Michael Walker as their longtime third member and percussionist. Walker has been with the band for 15 years.

Aranda formed in 2001, led by brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda, and released their self-titled debut album in 2008. They’ve released a total of three studio albums, most recently 2015’s Not the Same, and have had seven singles land in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. Their song “All I Ever Wanted” was later covered by pop star Kelly Clarkson.

His bandmates wrote the announcement and trbute in a Facebook post:

“Today we lost our band mate, our brother, and our best friend. For over 15 years Mike Walker toured the country with us impacting countless lives everywhere he went. His sense of humor was endearing. He made everything from playing drums to making people fall in love with him effortless. He was so easy going but for those that knew him well there was an intense spiritual depth behind the man. We will miss his laughter and his insatiable appetite for all “band cuisine.” Most of all we will miss his beautiful spirit. We will be in continuous prayer for his family and loved ones. May he and his beautiful wife Rachael rest in peace. Love you forever.”

Mike Walker was 50, his wife 44.