LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Relatives of a slain Lincoln man find solace when they think of the people helped by his organ donations.
Twenty-year-old Shane Walton died July 2 after being beaten three days earlier.
His liver went to a 61-year-old man. His lungs to a 17-year-old girl. One kidney went to a 36-year-old woman with four children. The other kidney went to a 13-year-old girl.
His grandmother Norma Burgess told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/19xI8UG ) that she was proud of the good that came from his decision to be an organ donor.
“It is like it’s not real yet to me,” Burgess said. “I feel such a pain in my heart, yet at the same time, I know he is in a place where he is happy. . He is with loved ones.”
Burgess said she became Walton’s legal guardian when he was 10, taking him to Lincoln from a foster home in Colorado. She helped him deal with his learning disabilities and his mental health issues.
His relatives learned after his death that he’d indicated on his state identification card that he wanted to be an organ donor.
Nebraska Organ Recovery Systems has given the family general information about the recipients of Walton’s organs. The recipients can decide after a year whether they wish to meet his grandmother and other relatives.
Burgess hopes they do.
Police have reported no arrests in Walton’s case. It’s unknown what provoked his beating. A 911 caller early on June 29 reported seeing two or three men beating a screaming man. The scene was just a couple of blocks from the home Walton shared with his grandmother.
Officers found him bloody and unconscious, with head wounds from a clublike object.
“It’s scary to me people with that much rage are walking the streets,” Burgess said. “That they could do that to another human being is frightening.”
Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com