A heart-broken family asks the public for help in finding the people who beat to death a 20-year-old Lincoln man.
Lincoln police say they have little to go on in the investigation of the murder of Nathan Walton, known as Shane to his family. Police believe there were two or three attacks, who fled the scene in a full-size, red pick-up, possibly with a ladder rack.
Shawn Walton, Shane’s uncle, says the family struggles to understand why Shane, a low-functioning adult, was attacked.
“This attack cost him his life and he will always be remembered and loved by so many people,” Walton says.
Shane Walton was found with severe head wounds two blocks from his home in Lincoln during the early morning hours of last Saturday. He never regained consciousness and died three days later at a local hospital.
Though 20, Shane had the mental capacity of a 13 or 14-year-old, according to his family. Family members say Shane was gullible and impulsive and had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at the age of 18. He took medication to control his thoughts and moods.
Shawn Walton says the case will go unsolved unless the public steps up.
“We need to get to the bottom of this horrible incident and bring these people to justice.”
Walton says the family has been left devastated.
“There are no words that can describe the pain or the senseless act of this and whoever committed this crime,” Walton says. “No one would deserve this whatsoever.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln police at 402-441-6000 or the Crimestoppers hotline at 402-475-3600.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.