Family members, still in mourning over the beating death of 20-year-old Shane Walton, seek more answers in his death, even though an arrest has been made.
Lincoln police arrested 19-year-old Richard McLaughlin III in the death of Walton and 27-year-old David Mueller. Both were found beaten to death in June, killed approximately an hour apart in different locations in what police say were random acts of violence.
Shawn Walton, the uncle of Shane Walton, told reporters the family is relieved an arrest has been made.
“Obviously, it’s been an emotional turmoil for us all. But, you close up a wound with a band-aide and you take it back off, well you’re exposing all the feelings and emotions all over again,” Walton stated during a news conference called by the family.
Police suspect gang activity led to the beating deaths. They decline to say whether more arrests will be made, but indicate they do not believe McLaughlin acted alone.
Walton said the family suspects more were involved in the two deaths and is asking the public to help in the investigation.
“We believe there’s more information out there,” McLaughlin stated. “There are most likely more perpetrators that were involved in this and anybody that has information, step forward, because now is the time to do it.”
McLaughlin is a member of the Lincoln gang “True Blue Soldiers”.
Walton said it is difficult for the family to make sense of Shane’s death.
“It’s just truly senseless, whether they went out just because they could do it or, who knows, I don’t quite understand the culture these days. It’s not what I grew up in. “