WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police have made an arrest in the killing of an auto shop employee. Nick Blue, 40, was found dead Sunday night at Auto Zone on South Oliver. Hours later, police released a surveillance picture of the suspect.
Wednesday, police announced the arrest of Lamontae Lucas, 18, on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Family members of Nick Blue tell KSN News that he was a caring soul, considered the funny one in high school. The family is still in shock.
“Of all the people for it to happen to Nick, nobody deserves a violent interaction like that but for it to happen to him is just so shocking,” said Brent Foster, Nick’s father.
“Nick was one of those rare people I believe that was an extreme giver not of anything tangible but giver of like love and joy,” said Darek Foster, Nick’s uncle.
“I would say one of the best characteristics nick had that I admired about him is that nick was himself. He never tried to fit in a group or in a crowded,” said Tyrice Lollis, Nick’s friend.
Police say the strong community response following the shooting is what helped identify the suspect and make the arrest.
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