Teen beaten at Lancaster park dies from his injuries, man charged with homicide


The 16-year-old boy hospitalized after he was allegedly beaten at a Lancaster park has died from his injuries, according to his father.

In a Facebook post, Nate Adams wrote, "First off, we want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, love, and support. Unfortunately, this afternoon at 2:20pm our baby boy, 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."

Elizabethtown Police have charged 24-year-old David M. Skalla in connection to the beating.

According to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, Skalla, of Elizabethtown, is in custody regarding a parole/probation matter and will be arraigned at a later date on counts of homicide and aggravated assault.

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According to police, Skalla approach Shearer at Elizabethtown Borough Park on East Washington Street on Monday and asked him to turn down the music he was playing.

A physical altercation followed, and Shearer was struck four times in the face and head before falling to the ground, according to the DA's Office.

Blake was sent to Hershey Medical Center with a serious head injury.

After the assault, the DA's office says Skalla left the park with his family in a vehicle. A witnessed photographed that vehicle, which police determined was owned by Skalla's girlfriend.

According to the DA's office and information gathered by police, Skalla told his girlfriend that he “blacked out” during the incident.

Here is a timeline of events from Monday, August 6, the day Blake was beaten, according to the criminal affidavit:

  • David Skalla heard Blake Shearer playing loud music and yelling obscenities at the Elizabethtown Borough Park.
  • The affidavit alleges Skalla asked Shearer to stop yelling obscenities, and Shearer responded saying he could do whatever he wanted.
  • Skalla claims Shearer slapped him, then he struck the teen once on the head because he became extremely angry.
  • Skalla reported that he didn't see Shearer unconscious, but other individuals had told him that he "had killed" Blake before he left the scene.
  • A witness reported to police that she heard Blake Shearer yelling vulgar language and that Skalla was concerned children would hear it.
  • The same witness reported that she heard a scuffle between Skalla and Shearer, then saw the teen "slouched down in a seated position leaning back against the railing of the bridge," according to the affidavit.
  • The witness said that Skalla told her Shearer had called him a racial slur, swore at him, and refused to stop.
  • According to the affidavit, Skalla told her he blacked out and didn't remember what happened.
  • Another witness reported to police that they saw Skalla punch Shearer four times, in the chin, the temple, on top of Shearer's head, and an uppercut to his forehead.

According to the affidavit, police made contact with Skalla's girlfriend, who owned the Jeep that left the scene.

She confirmed to police that the man involved int he altercation was David Skalla, and said she didn't witness the incident, but did take Skalla back to his house afterwards, according to the documents.

Police then went to Skalla's residence and spoke with his roommate. Skalla was not home at the time.

Later, Skalla contacted police and said he wanted to turn himself in regarding the incident at the park and speak with police. He was interviewed at his residence.

A GoFundMe page was created earlier this week to help raise money for Blake and his family.

There will be a vigil for Blake tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Borough Park. According to Facebook post in the 'Prayers and Justice for Blake' group, 500 candles will be provided to those in attendance.

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