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Still no charges in shooting death

Police seeking information related to incident

 

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Eric Gene Bice-Nutter looks at candles assembled Monday night for a service of friends and family at the Portales residence where his father, Dylan Nutter, was shot to death late last week.

PORTALES - A week into the homicide investigation, officials had not filed charges relating to the late-night shooting death July 19 of a young Portales man and asked again for information relating to the incident.

"The Portales Police Department and 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit are continuing to investigate the shooting death of Dylan Nutter (20) of Portales as a homicide," PPD Lt. Christopher Williams wrote in a news release. "Anyone with information relating to the incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Chris Valdez at 575-356-4404 or Roosevelt County Crimestoppers at 575-356-8100."

That was the first police had publicly declared the response to his death a homicide investigation, calling it in a news release July 20 "an incident that resulted in (his) death." Officials said in each instance that the Major Crimes Unit was "continuing to interview persons believed to have knowledge of the incident."

There is potentially a $1,000 cash award for providing information resulting in an arrest and conviction, said this week's release.

District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Wednesday evening there were no further developments to share on the investigation. PPD did not respond Wednesday to additional questions.

Meanwhile, Nutter's family and friends continued efforts to honor his memory through fundraisers and services. Almost $1,000 was raised between two weekend car washes in Portales and online efforts brought in over $3,000 in preceding days for funeral and related expenses, according to the mother of his 2-year-old son.

"It's very overwhelming and very heartbreaking but (we) have been trying our best to be able to have the best service for Dylan because he deserves it," Angelina Christine Bice wrote in a message to The News.

A memorial service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Portales' Hydration Station, Bice said, and organizers said they were still gathering pictures of Nutter to share during the event.

On Monday, Nutter's friends and family held an evening candlelight service at the Portales residence where he died. Bice said attendees released balloons with handwritten messages into the night sky. Lit candles were placed around a sign for "Nutter's Lawn Services & More," a business the car-and-motorcycle enthusiast had recently started, Bice said.

Days earlier, police had responded around 3:30 a.m. to a "possible shooting" at his residence on the 1400 block of South Avenue B. The surrounding block was closed off for much of the morning and his body was removed from the house just before noon. His mother told The News last week that Nutter was an only child, and that more information on his death was likely pending completion of his autopsy.

 

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