LINCOLN (AP) — Police are searching for those who fatally beat a mentally disabled man in a Lincoln street, and the man's family is asking anyone with information to step forward.
Officers found 20-year-old Nathan Walton, known as Shane, two blocks from his house early Saturday. He died Tuesday at a Lincoln hospital, his relatives said.
Walton suffered severe head wounds from a blunt, clublike object and was found unconscious, Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said. Authorities don't know what the weapon used to kill Walton was; it was not left at the scene, and Walton never woke up, police said.
His attackers fled in a full-size red pickup with a ladder rack or similar device, Lincoln Police Capt. Danny Reitan said.
A person called police at 4:28 a.m. Saturday after hearing screaming and seeing two or three men beating a man on the ground, authorities said. Police are unsure about the number of attackers.
So far, police have no suspects, Flood said.
Walton's family members are asking for anyone with information to contact police.
“Somebody knows something, somewhere,” Walton's aunt, Stephanie Walton-Tadlock, said.
Walton-Tadlock said her nephew suffered from mental illness and a low cognitive function and had the mentality of a 13- to 14-year-old.
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