Police have finally made an arrest in connection with the brutal death of 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews, who was fatally beaten by group of baseball bat-wielding thugs shouting gay slurs in Waterloo, Iowa on August 19.
Officers arrested Paris Akeem Anding, 19, of 310 Crescent Place, Thursday on charges of second-degree murder. He was taken to the Black Hawk County Jail, where he is being held without bond. Anding was also arrested on a separate warrant for aggravated assault in an unrelated case. Bond for that charge was set at $10,000.
Police said Andrews, a Waterloo resident, and his friends had been involved in an ongoing dispute with others. Witnesses said Andrews was at a friend's home on Cottage Street when a truck pulled up, and a fight broke out between Andrews' acquaintances and the vehicle's occupants. Police said the fight is still under investigation.
Despite the extreme violence and the repeated shouting of "faggot", police insist this was "not" a hate crime and the result of an "ongoing dispute." Several members of Andrews' family have supported the decision.