Monday, January 2, 2012
Family and friends of a Wichita man are trying to come to grips with his senseless death this new year. Wichita Police are investigating two homicides, including the death of 23-year-old Nate Clark who was shot and killed in the first hours of 2012.
It happened early Sunday in the 6400 block of South Madison Court. Clark's family says he was an innocent bystander who was trying to leave.
"He told her he loved her and said this was senseless. Then he died," said Johnny Clark as he described what his son said to his girlfriend as they sped away from the scene.
Johnny Clark is trying to make sense of all of this. His son, he says, was out having a good time for New Year's. When they drove up to the home on Madison, it was clear there was about to be trouble.
"They pulled up at the party. Nobody even went in the house," Clark said. "One of them stood outside the car to go into the party and they were contacted either by phone call or somebody told them that if they go in there, there was going to be bloodshed."
Nate, he says, told the man driving the car to leave. But when they started to drive away, somebody at the house fired a barrage of shots.
"Somebody came out, flipped up a hoodie, walked to the car, and unloaded 10 rounds or more." Clark said. "One shot my son in the chest."
Nate Clark died at the gas station before he even made it to the hospital. His family is frustrated that they have had virtually no contact from police. They don't know if anybody has been caught, or even if they have a suspect.
"By police not coming and even talking to me; not having any kind of conversation, I can't get no sympathy, no remorse, nothing for my son because they won't even come talk," Clark said.
They understand that there may be sensitive information about the investigation.
"But when we're not told anything, we're just sitting here idle thinking 'Did they get somebody?" asked Kory Stiles, a friend of the Clark family. "We heard they released some people. Now is the shooter on the run? Is there going to be a big shootout because they let this guy go?"
Nate Clark's family says the other men in the car that night had a beef with the people at the house. Nate, they say, did not even know them.
Police have arrested two people who are being held on murder charges. However, they have not released any details regarding the case or if the arrests are even connected to the New Year's homicide.
A benefit concert will be held for Nate Clark on Saturday night at Shot Time bar near 31st Street South and Exposition Street. It will start at 8:30 p.m. There is no admission, but there will be a donation box available to help pay for funeral expenses.