Bronley Kyle Michael Walker
Bronley Kyle Michael Walker (SUBMITTED)


Kyle Walker always wore shorts and those Converse Chuck Taylor shoes, his father said. The boy marched to his own drum, and in his second year of college he recently decided to pursue a career in journalism.

Kyle had some problems in his past, said his father, Bronley L. Walker, and like most young men coming of age, he could be difficult.

"But he was a really neat kid," his father said. "I expected him to do really well in life."

Kyle, whose full name is Bronley Kyle Michael Walker, died in a single-vehicle crash in Spring Garden Township on Saturday morning. He was 21 years old.

Kyle, whose family lives on Wyndham Drive in York, graduated from York Suburban High School in 2010. He was in his second year at Millersville University, and had a talent for music, playing both piano and guitar.

"He could just hear the music and play," Bronley Walker said.

Walker said his son struggled for a time with alcohol, but recently he righted things both with himself and with family. He came home earlier this year and family went to a Baltimore Orioles game.

Kyle tried to bring a broom, his father said, hoping for an Orioles sweep.

"We had gotten very close again," he said. "We just had a heck of a good time."

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. on Woodland Road at Grantley Court, according to the county coroner's office. Spring Garden Township Police said speed, weather or alcohol could have contributed to the crash, but a final report is not yet complete.

Kyle had recently decided to major in journalism, his father said, adding that he had been writing for the school newspaper, the Millersville Snapper. There, Kyle provided opinion columns, including one about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

That piece begins: "Don't be an idiot!" It recounts a night when Kyle was pulled over near York after drinking and driving. It ends hoping to "warn you what is really around the corner if you drive around it impaired."

The family had talked through those issues. And Kyle was growing up, his father said.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, and Walker said he hopes people will take a moment, and think about how quickly things can change.

Kyle will be remembered for the difference he tried to make, his father said. And he'll be buried in his Chuck Taylor shoes.

"He was a real leader," Bronley Walker said. "His heart was good."

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