Former Elkhart resident a murder victim in Arkansas

An Elkhart man was the victim of a homicide in Fort Smith, Ark.
Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 29, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.

ELKHART — A former Elkhart resident was one of two victims who were attacked and stabbed to death by a machete-wielding man June 26 Arkansas.

Nathan Young, 32, one of the victims, lived in Elkhart until he moved away about 10 years ago, said his mother, Vickie Young.

Nathan Young and a neighbor, Brandon Prince, 39, were found dead outside a home in Fort Smith, Ark. with numerous cuts to their upper bodies, according to a story from 4029 TV, a local television station in northwest Arkansas.

A witness told police a man ran from the scene. A suspect, Gregory Kinsey, 20, of Fort Smith was arrested soon after the attack and was charged with two counts of capital murder July 2.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed for Kinsey’s arrest, provided by 4029 TV, Kinsey was identified by witnesses as the person who attacked and killed Nathan Young and Prince. After he was arrested, Kinsey told police he was walking home from the Dollar Store when he thought he saw a person who used to date his mother. He walked toward the back yard of a house and was confronted by three men.

Kinsey said he explained to the men he was looking for a man he thought he knew, but the men were “argumentative with him and came toward him.” Kinsey told police he drew his machete out and told the men to back off. He felt the men were not going to leave him alone so he swung the machete toward them, hitting two of the three men he was with.

According to the affidavit, Kinsey said the men started to flee, but he ran after them.

“Mr. Kinsey said he had a clear mind and once the fight started, it was like he was watching a movie as he cut the men,” read the affidavit.

Kinsey said he ran from the scene to his mother’s house, where he told her what he had done and where he was arrested.

Nathan Young’s family is still trying to cope with their loss, his mother said.

“This is just the most unexpected thing I have ever dealt with in my life.”

Vickie Young described her son as someone who cared about others despite having his own struggles in life.

“I have three boys and he was the one who, no matter what, he smiled,” she said. “He smiled through everything. He had a lot of battles through life, but no matter how bad it got he somehow seemed to have this kindness inside.”

Nathan Young, a former Elkhart Central High School student, was known to have a passion for baseball. He played baseball in little league while growing up in Elkhart, said Vickie Young. He was engaged and planning to marry in October in La Crosse, Wis. Nathan Young worked on an oil rig in Oklahoma a few years ago, and most recently was working at McCourt Manufacturing in Fort Smith.

He lived in Fort Smith with his fiance and daughter at the time of the attack.

A celebration of Nathan Young’s life will be held Tuesday at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart with visitation starting at 5 p.m. and a memorial service at 7 p.m.

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