St. Louis County Official, 37, Abruptly Dies a Year After First 💉

St. Louis official dead

Cora Faith Walker, a high-profile Missouri official and former state lawmaker, is dead at 37.

Walker was chief policy officer in St. Louis County, a former Democratic state representative and a health care and reproductive rights advocate. She died Friday morning.

A cause of death was not announced, but Walker was reportedly transported to the hospital for an urgent health complication.

Walker’s death prompted condolences and expressions of grief from lawmakers, progressive activists and others in St. Louis and across Missouri.

Walker, of Ferguson, led policy direction for County Executive Sam Page’s administration since 2019, and was one of three top county staffers reporting directly to Page for much of that period.

“We are devastated to learn of Cora Faith Walker’s passing,” the Missouri Democratic Party said in a tweet.

Walker was a known proponent of mRNA jabs. She received her first COVID shot in March 2021, after which she admitted to experiencing side effects.

Walker earned a Bachelor of Arts and master’s in public health from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law with a certificate in health law.

Walker did not appear to suffer from obesity.

Before she joined the House, in September 2016, Walker wrote a public letter to House leaders alleging Steven Roberts Jr., who was also running unopposed for the House, of raping her in his apartment after a night out together. Roberts, D-St. Louis, denied the claims and contended that he and Walker had consensual sex.

No criminal charges were filed after a special prosecutor determined there was not enough evidence to indicate the sexual relations were not consensual.

Roberts later filed a defamation suit against Walker in October 2016. Walker then countersued Roberts in 2017. Both dismissed their lawsuits later in May 2019.