Man Convicted of Murdering Real Estate Agent, Sarah Anne Walker, Sentenced to Death in Texas

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In Loving Memory of Sarah Anne WalkerSome of you may remember the headlines about the brutal murder of Sarah Anne Walker in July 2006; however, it is more likely that you either do not remember or never saw the reports. I heard about her murder in passing and thought..."How horrible!" Then, in truth, I thought about it no more...until this morning.

Sarah Anne Walker was an attractive, successful, 40 year-old onsite agent for D.R. Horton in McKinney, Texas. On the day of her death, she was doing what she did every other day...her job. She was hosting an open house in a model home of the Hemingway at Craig Ranch Community when Kosoul Chanthakoummane, her killer, showed up unexpectedly and took her life...brutally biting, beating and stabbing her 27 times. Before leaving, he stole her Rolex watch and ring...leaving police to suspect that robbery was his motive.

Although Walker was Chanthakoummane's first known victim in Texas, her murder was not his first assault on women. In 1996...he broke into a home in Weddington, NC, tied up two elderly, female occupants and stole their car. He was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Due to overcrowding, he was transferred and released into the Texas' parole program after serving 9 years of his sentence. At the time of Sarah Walker's murder, he had been living in Texas for only six months...serving the remainder of his parole sentence for his crimes in North Carolina.

Even more disturbing, the day before Chanthakoummane's savage attack on Sarah Walker, he had approached another onsite agent...claiming that his car had broken down and asking to use the phone.  According to the agent's statement, he became frightened of her dog and ran away in a fury. Thankfully, she was unharmed and capable of identifying Chanthakoummane from a police sketch...which directly led to his arrest and conviction for Sarah Walker's murder. Police believe that Chanthakoummane specifically planned to target real estate agents.

For the shocking and senseless murder of Sarah Anne Walker, it took jurors only three and a half hours to unanimously agree that Chanthakoummane (27 years old) should die by lethal injection. He is currently awaiting his sentence on death row in Livingstone, Texas. In his death row webpage profile, he writes..."I am a condemned man here on death row, in Livingston, Texas-U.S.A. My cause is in the appeals process. For the time being, I pray God's mercy on my soul." his profile...he also links to his personal MySpace page.

In my opening paragraph, I stated that I had forgotten about this story until this morning...when I discovered a very touching story behind the story. Mr. Joseph Walker, the father of Sarah Anne Walker, is a devout Catholic who posts a daily message on the Semper Fi Catholic forum from the Diary of St. Faustina on the Divine Mercy. On the day that his daughter's murderer was sentenced, Mr. Walker posted this message:




May we ALL find the courage that HE forgive THOSE who have broken our hearts and crushed our spirits.

UPDATE 5:01pm:

To EVERYONE WHO HAS READ AND COMMENTED:  Each one of you deserve an individual response, but I feel that the emotions that this post stirred are similar for everyone. What I have to say, I would like to address to EVERYONE at the same time.

Believe me when I say that I feel angry...furious by this man's actions. He, and people like him, terrify me. I am not some kind of superwoman who has a perfect heart...nor do I suspect Mr. Walker of being a superhuman. I believe his heart is broken into a thousand I KNOW my heart would be if someone took one of my daughters from me.

This man does not deserve forgiveness. He does not deserve your forgiveness nor my forgiveness. And, he certainly does not deserve Mr. Walker's forgiveness.

In truth, I don't believe that anyone DESERVES forgiveness. That is what makes it such an incredible thing. is definitely NOT something we can do in our own strength.

What I have learned in my life is that forgiveness is a gift we give...NOT to the person who hurt us...but to OURSELVES. I'm still learning how to do this, as I carried a lot of unforgiveness in my heart until I finally was able to forgive my father. Now that my heart is free, I NEVER want to be locked in the prison of unforgiveness ever again.

That is really what this post is about for me. Mr. Walker is the kind of man/person that I hope to one day be...a person whose heart is THAT FREE.


Written and Posted by:

Elizabeth Nieves - Broker, REALTOR® -- The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group @ Keller Williams (A Bilingual Real Estate Team serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill NC and surrounding areas.)

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Comments (53)

Rick Turner
Key Realty - Toledo, OH
Puts People In Their Places!!


Like you, anger wells up in me when I read about this man.  What a wretched soul he is, and how he really deserves lethal injection!  Then I look up in the mirror and the Lord freshens in my memory of all the things that I've done in my life that have hurt loved ones.  Not murder, but none the less the sins that in Gods eyes justifies his ultimate judgement!  I'm so glad He loves me, and sent His son to redeem me and all of us!!

Great post young lady!  God bless you! 

Jan 08, 2008 01:52 PM
Sandy Noll
(RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878 - Gig Harbor, WA
RE Pro Serving Snohomish to Thurston Counties

Elizabeth what Mr. Walker did was free himself.  Hate and anger turns you into a bitter hateful angry person and then the monster who committed the crime not only took the victims life but also the souls of those family members left behind.  I know from personal experience (nothing to this degree) that forgiving someone doesn't mean you have to forget or even like the person.  You've simply set yourself free from carrying that burden of hate or anger.  GBU!

Jan 11, 2008 06:55 PM

It's so sad what happened to this poor woman. A father will mourn, and a child will go his whole life wondering what his mother was like. It's heart breaking, simply heart breaking. But for everyone who is angry or saddened, you do have to remember that she is in a truly better place. Pray for her happiness on the other side, because she will pray for your happiness as well. Let go of the anger because it will just consume your heart until it's hard to tell who's heart it is. Justice was found, and hopefully peace can be too.

Apr 16, 2010 01:31 PM
Dean Meredith, UK
Unfortunately there is too much forgiving for those who commit terribly crimes. Let's hope this vile cowardous creature is executed soon. The only shame is that his death will be painless, unlike his victims. Then let's hope there is a hell so he can spend eternity regreting he ever lived in the first place. The only thing worth praying for is that all US states and the UK, reinstate the death penalty. I will be the first to volunteer to carry out the executions. scum like him do not deserve to breath.
Aug 20, 2011 04:47 PM
Maybe one day I will learn to forgive, the way a lot of you have, but right now today, that Bastard should rot in hell. Prison is too good for him. No human being of his kind should be among the living.
Oct 26, 2013 11:19 AM
I have just watched it on forensic files.sad indeed.
Jan 19, 2014 03:06 PM
Spot on, Dean Meredith UK.
May 05, 2014 05:44 AM
Jose Isla

May God have mercy on the soul of Sarah Walker's killer.

Oct 10, 2014 04:34 AM
Real Estate Advocate

I don't think it is our job to forgive! It is his maker. I myself, could never forgive someone that takes a human life. In the old testament, Deuteronomy 19:21, eye for an eye. That is why this evil man is in prison waiting to be executed.

Oct 18, 2014 02:50 AM
A. Haresha

IF the one who takes of somebody with no justified reason he or she proved that he or she has no respect to the the person by violating his or her right to .be existing and has no.respect the victim's relatives and friends . Why should respect the life of this such evil person and to.put him in jail eating and drinking and cost us 100000 dollars.a year.Is this just?is.this fair?!!! If you say we should give a chance . Why didn't he or she do.the same

Jun 01, 2015 08:06 PM
Karl Devenport

Tonight l watched the television program about the murder of Sarah Walker & do not understand & cannot comprehend how being her father Joseph Walker could say the things he has reportedly said about the killer of his daughterTheir are some sick & evil individual people out there & the last thing we need is to say the kind of things her father has reportedly said,these people without a shadow of doubt should have their lives taken within the first month of their convictions,this month will also give them enough time to realise the seriousness of the crime they have committed & that tax payers money should not be wasted on these type of animals living a long life in prison,they are not part of any society therefore should not be a burden to the governments,jails are overcrowded as it is with re-offenders who do so because of the lack severityI am British & we should adopt the death sentence like some states in America do for such brutal murders as committed by Sarah Walkers killerRiP Sarah Walker

May 11, 2016 08:37 AM

I just watched this story on the television program Forensics Files. My heart goes out to the victims family. I struggle with having empathy for the murderer or his family. I researched this story further and discovered Kosoul Chanthakoummane is scheduled to be executed January 27, 2017. He has exhausted all appeals!

Dec 13, 2016 08:22 PM

He gets the needle nxt month, burn in hell mofo

Dec 15, 2016 01:13 AM
Michael Scott

USA is a great country that has lived prosperous and luxuriously allowing freedom to other nationalities to come here. However our mistake is not realizing other countries are more animalistic. We don't prepare their genes for our way of lige which would take centuries. Our internet is also a gateway unprepared for its criminals. Automobiles, weapons and drugs were another unchecked resource.

Dec 24, 2016 03:22 PM
JP Sign Shark

The execution date has been rescheduled to July 19th.

Apr 04, 2017 10:41 PM

This man is not an animal as they don't kill for greed. This is an evil human thief. I certainly am not the person Mr Walker is as I wouldn't forgive him. He will be judged on his execution date (is he still alive)? RIP Sarah.

Apr 25, 2017 07:41 AM
Crystal woman

This creep even tried to set up another estate agent but she had her husband with him. He was stalking vulnerable women. He is nothing but a coward. May be meet his maker some time soon. I am not for capital punishment but there are just some cases that deserve it. This is one such case. Rot in hell Chanthakoummane.

Apr 25, 2017 07:46 AM
Mark Hayes

We are ALL sinners and fall short of Our Father in Heaven's Glory. If we want to be forgiven.. then we must forgive. For in the act of forgiveness lies the TRUTH that she we were still yet sinners Eashoa MSheekha (Jesus the Messiah) paid the price for our sin. None of us are worthy.. yet HE BORE OUR SINS.. Only through the Holy Spirits power can we overcome such pain as this father/family can.. May Eashoa bring you Peace through His gjfg of Grace and Life!!!In

Sep 16, 2017 01:55 AM
beda g koorey

If that real estate women across the street who was with her own husband whose husband wanted to go in and say hello to Sarah, but she told her husband no cause she was hungry, Sarah may be alive today. I think she didn't want to say hello to Sarah cause she had a jealous streak and didn't want her husband to say hello, or meet Sarah, not that she was hungry, just jealous. Hope she sleeps good.

Jan 11, 2020 12:35 PM
Barbara Flores

Several of us had the pleasure of working with Sarah. I feel a terrible loss for her kids. She was a Beautiful person inside and out. I still see myself waving and saying high to people weather I know them or not just as Sarah did when we worked together. Miss you ........

Jan 13, 2020 08:03 AM