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16-year-old dies after altercation over loud music in Lancaster County

Written by Geoff Morrow/The York Daily Record | Aug 10, 2018 6:00 PM
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Blake Shearer, 16, died Friday from injuries sustained in a Monday altercation over loud music at a Lancaster County public park, according to his father. (Photo: Submitted)

The 16-year-old Lancaster County boy, who was allegedly attacked earlier this week for playing music too loudly at a public park, died Friday afternoon, according to a Facebook post from his father.

Blake Shearer of Bainbridge, who was to start his junior year at Elizabethtown High School later this month, died at 2:20 p.m., his father, Nate Adams, wrote on the "Prayers and Justice for Blake" Facebook page.

"First off, we want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, love and support," Adams wrote this afternoon. "Blake John Shearer lost his life due to the injuries he sustained late Monday afternoon. Please continue to pray for all of us as we head down a new path of grieving and moving forward."

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David Skalla, 24, has been charged with homicide in the death of a 16-year-old boy who was beaten at Elizabethtown Borough Park on Aug. 6. (Photo: Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)

Elizabethtown police have charged 24-year-old David M. Skalla with homicide. They said he punched Shearer several times after Skalla confronted him about loud music being played at East Washington Street park around 5 p.m. Monday.

Skalla, of Elizabethtown, was already in custody earlier this week on an unrelated parole violation. He will be arraigned later, police said, on new counts of homicide and aggravated assault.

Multiple witnesses said Skalla was the only one to throw punches after the altercation escalated from verbal to physical, police said.

Shearer was taken to Hershey Medical Center, where he had remained unresponsive. Adams told the York Daily Record on Thursday that his son wasn't responding to light, sound or touch.

On Wednesday, abc27 interviewed a friend of Shearer's, who said the man asked Shearer to turn down his music, didn't like his response, then attacked him, hitting him at least four times.

After the assault, police said Skalla left the park with his family in a vehicle that was photographed by a witness. That photo led police to the vehicle, which was owned by Skalla's girlfriend. Skalla, police said, had told his girlfriend he "blacked out" during the incident.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record

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