Soldiers help family of killed Sunderland sapper

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A GRIEVING mum has told how colleagues of her fallen soldier son are helping her other children to come to terms with his death.

Kathryn Walker, 46, is still fighting to understand the tragic loss of son Richard, 23, killed by a rogue gunman in Afghanistan in January.

This week, an inquest into Sapper Walker’s death ruled he was unlawfully killed in the shooting on January 6.

On Monday, Mrs Walker, of Washington, met former colleagues of Richard’s who have been helping her family cope with the tragedy.

She said: “After what happened to Richie, my other children just associated the Army with dying.

“But the lads from Richie’s regiment, the 28th Engineers, have been amazing in helping them understand there is another side to things.

“They’ve shown them that Army life was something Richie really wanted to get involved in, something he loved doing.”

Sapper Walker was shot as he worked in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand.

Mrs Walker visited her son’s graveside in Catterick earlier this week.