Slain Indiana Man Had No Life Insurance coverage, Household Says


Dec. 1–GARY — A supply driver shot to demise every week in the past within the metropolis’s Glen Park part was , kindhearted man who liked his household, his sister mentioned.

David J. Shelton, 30, was a beneficiant man who was all the time prepared to assist others, sister Brittany Shelton mentioned.

He additionally adored his Four-year-old niece Sophia Clinton.

“He was a candy, loving man,” Brittany Shelton mentioned.

His demise Nov. 24 got here as a shock, as a result of he did not use alcohol or medication and was by no means in hassle, his household mentioned.

“He was such a pleasant younger man,” mentioned Linda Llamaso, David Shelton’s mom.

David Shelton would do something his sister wanted for Four-year-old Sophia.

Folks typically mistook Sophia for his daughter, and the 2 had been inseparable, Brittany Shelton mentioned.

“I’d be like, ‘Do you wish to go together with me or Uncle Dave?'” she mentioned. “And she or he can be like, ‘I will stick with Uncle Dave.'”

Llamaso, of Portage, mentioned David Shelton was her oldest baby and her solely son.

He was a religious man who stored to himself.

He labored for about 5 years as an officer at Westville Correctional Facility after he graduated from highschool, however he stop to discover different doable careers, mentioned Llamaso, who additionally labored on the jail for a time.

David Shelton was delivering pizzas for Luigi’s the evening he was killed, his sister mentioned.

He loved the job, as a result of he bought to see folks smile when he arrived with meals, she mentioned.

Police advised members of the family Shelton was killed after he arrived at an deserted house within the 3700 block of Washington Avenue.

Llamaso mentioned she hopes to see prices filed once more anybody liable for her son’s demise.

“I wish to ask the younger man or whoever was concerned why,” Llamaso mentioned. “Did you simply get up and determine you needed to kill somebody?”

David Shelton grew up within the Merrillville space earlier than transferring to Portage lately.

Relations mentioned they’re grateful for the assist they’ve obtained from the neighborhood.

“Everybody says, ‘Oh my God, not him. He is so good,'” Llamaso mentioned.

Brittany Shelton mentioned her brother didn’t have life insurance coverage, and the household is struggling to cowl the expense of his funeral.

To donate to the household’s GoFundMe account, go to

Shelton’s murder remained underneath investigation Saturday, police mentioned.

Anybody with details about the homicides is requested to name Detective Michael Equihua or William Poe, of the Lake County/Gary Metro Murder Unit, at 219-755-3852. To stay nameless, name 866-CRIME-GP.


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