Family of slain Nampa man issues statement

Steven Nelson
Steven Nelson

The family of Steven Nelson, the Nampa man who died after he was beaten and robbed near Lake Lowell April 29, issued a statement Wednesday, thanking the community for "the outpouring of support we have received," KBOI-TV, Channel 2, reports.

Nelson, 49, was brutally attacked and stripped of his clothes and belongings before dawn Friday. Four Canyon County men were arrested later that day and have been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes for the attack: Kelly Schneider, 22, Kevin Tracy, 21, Jayson Woods, 28, and Daniel Henkel, 23.

Here is the Nelson family's full statement:

"We wish to express our thanks for the outpouring of support we have received in the wake of Steven's tragic passing. We would like to thank the Canyon County Sheriff's Office and Canyon County Prosecutor's Office, as well as all local, state and federal law enforcement that quickly apprehended the individuals responsible for attacking Steven and bringing them to justice. Finally, we would like to thank both the University of Idaho and Boise State University staff and students that have worked and studied with Steven. They have provided tremendous support and comfort during this difficult time."