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Man dies in fume-filled car

PUBLISHED: 15:12 26 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

THE distraught girlfriend of a former Ipswich doorman who found him dead in his car today spoke of her anguish at not being able to say goodbye.

Known to thousands of clubbers in the town, the body of Steve Walker, 25 was discovered by Lorna Beales in the garage of his Melton home.

THE distraught girlfriend of a former Ipswich doorman who found him dead in his car today spoke of her anguish at not being able to say goodbye.

Known to thousands of clubbers in the town, the body of Steve Walker, 25 was discovered by Lorna Beales in the garage of his Melton home. A hosepipe was attached to his car exhaust.

The pair, who had been together for two years, had split up just a few days before she found Mr Walker at his home in St. Andrew's Place.

"We had not got back together," said Ms Beales of Waterford Road, Ipswich.

"That was the worst thing, he had moved all his stuff out of here.

"You just sit here and keep thinking – what if?"

The 27-year-old had met Mr Walker while he was working as a doorman at Pals nightclub two years ago although he left shortly after.

He had worked for ntl: for five years as an engineer but had taken part time work with nightspots, Pals and Brannigans to boost his income.

For the last six months he had been working as a driver for Frontline Rescue, towing broken down cars.

But Ms Beales said she believed Mr Walker had never truly got over the death of his mother from Emphysema five years ago.

She said: "He had found it really hard since his mum died.

"He just went off the rails a bit and got into a lot of fights. When we met I managed to calm him down a bit."

Mother of two, Ms Beales said that after a three month spell in jail last year, Mr Walker was determined to straighten out his life and settle down.

She said: "That was the last straw. He was thinking of my girls, he came home and wanted to make a fresh start."

Following his time in jail, Mr Walker then went to live with Ms Beales and her two daughters, Amy, nine and Shannon, four.

She said: "He used to go everywhere with them.

"They even used to go out in his truck with him sometimes.

"Amy is not very good at the moment she was always with him – I think that is what managed to calm him down."

Ms Beales described how the couple were making their lives together and trying to keep away from Ipswich as much as possible so he could keep out of any fights.

He was however a familiar face at Fitness First where he enjoyed body building.

She said: "To me there was always something about Steve.

"He was exciting and had such a good sense of humour.

"It all seems like a bit of a dream at the moment."

Mr Walker also leaves his step-father Keith, sisters Margaret and Tracey and brother William.

His funeral will be held on Friday September 28 at 1pm at St. Andrew's, Melton. He died last Wednesday.

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