- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Two weeks after the fatal shooting of two Ohio natives in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston, police haven’t made an arrest or identified a suspect.

Friends of the people who died told the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/1sphkB5 ) they’re frustrated that authorities have released few details about the case.

“We need to know what’s going on,” friend Jarika Studway said. “I just feel like I don’t want them to let this go under the rug.”

Diandre Lott, 24, and Donzell Washington, 23, were found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in an apartment on May 17. Police detained a man and a woman who lived in the apartment for questioning, but released them the same day.

Police said the investigation is complicated by the fact that Lott and Washington were let into the apartment by the couple who lived there. Investigators are in the process of interviewing people and await results of an autopsy and evidence testing.

“Once we have that, it will lead to a lot more,” Sgt. Detective Amy Nickoloff said. “If there are going to be charges, the evidence needs to speak for itself.”

Lott and Washington came to Williston from Cleveland, Lott about three years ago and Washington earlier this year. The lifelong friends worked together at a restaurant in Williston. Funerals were scheduled for both men Tuesday in Ohio.


This story has been corrected to show that the shooting happened on May 17.


Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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