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One in custody, another wanted in Grand Forks man’s shooting death

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By Sarah Volpenhein

Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks police have one man in custody and are seeking another man suspected in the murder of 24-year-old Jose Luis “Joe” Lopez, who was shot at his Grand Forks apartment early Tuesday.

Delvin Lamont “Squeaky” Shaw, 29, of Winston-Salem, N.C., who has a lengthy criminal history, is wanted for burglary and murder.

Though Shaw has no prior criminal record in North Dakota, he does have a long list of serious offenses in North Carolina that date back to 2001, including kidnapping in the second degree, breaking and entering and larceny. His record also shows a number of firearm-related offenses including possession of a firearm by a felon.

A second arrest warrant was issued for Dametrian Marcel Welch, 18, also of Winston-Salem, who is suspected of burglary and conspiracy to commit murder. He was arrested Wednesday on an unrelated city warrant for failing to pay fines and is confined at the Grand Forks County jail.

Shaw does not appear in North Carolina’s offender database, but he does have a few minor traffic violations in Grand Forks County.

Lopez’s family breathed a sigh of relief as investigators zeroed in on the two men Wednesday evening, releasing the suspects’ names to the public.

Lopez’s sister Monique Lopez said she had never seen the suspects before, “not a day in my life.”

Though the suspects have been named, Lt. Dwight Love of the police department said “our work has really just started now.”

Love would not release details of the investigation into the death of Lopez, who lived in the Valley Park Apartments in Grand Forks with his fiancée, Kelsie Waller, who is expecting another child in addition to their 2-year-old daughter.

“Our biggest concern is that they catch who did this and bring him to justice,” Monique Lopez said.

She said intruders were breaking into her brother’s apartment early Tuesday morning. Her brother was protecting his family and trying to prevent the intruders from coming further into the apartment when he was shot, she said.

“The love he has for his daughter and unborn child was just unbelievable,” she said.

Lopez was transported to Altru Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

By Wednesday, portions of the carpet and wall near Lopez’s apartment, which were stained with blood, had been removed.

In recounting memories of her brother, Monique Lopez said “there was never a dull moment when he was around.”

“He had this laugh where you could hear it 10 miles away and know it was him,” she said. Joe especially enjoyed going to the park — “as long as it had a basketball hoop” — and playing with his daughter, she said.

Though she acknowledged she will never completely move on from her brother’s murder, Monique said bringing his killers to justice will “give us peace.”

Police advised the public not to approach the at-large suspect, Shaw, as he is considered to be armed and dangerous. Police describe him as a 5-foot-10, African-American man.

Police ask anyone with tips on Shaw’s whereabouts to contact them at (701) 787-8000.

A memorial fund has been established to help the Lopez family pay for services. Donations may be sent to Jose Luis Lopez Memorial Fund, at KodaBank, 521 Second St., Minto, N.D.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the bank at (701) 248-3242.

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