Man held in Rydaz killing

By Katherine Wartell

Riley County police said Friday they have arrested a Fort Riley soldier for the shooting death of Frederick Beverly, 21, outside the Assassin Street Rydaz clubhouse on New Year’s Day.

RCPD director Brad Schoen identified the suspect as Daniel Patrick Parker, 25, Junction City. He has been charged with first degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling. Parker is confined to the Riley County Jail on $1 million bond.

The announcement of Parker’s arrest occurred almost simultaneously with funeral services for Beverly being held at Fort Riley.

“During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to determine that the nexus of the shooting was a disagreement which began in a local bar,” Schoen said. He said there was not necessarily an indication that Beverly was involved in the argument or that he was the specific target.

He termed the investigation extensive and time-consuming, and said it also required the assistance of the Junction City Police Department, “for which we are grateful.”

Schoen said officers interviewed Parker Wednesday evening in Junction City, the same time that detectives in Manhattan sought search warrants to be executed there and in Manhattan.

Breanne Walker, public affairs specialist at Fort Riley, said Parker is a specialist in the Army and has served two one-year tours in Iraq. He returned in October from his latest tour as a part of the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

Police were called to 1827 Fair Lane at approximately 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found that Beverly was suffering from a single gunshot wound. Riley County EMS transported him to Mercy Regional Health Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Beverly had been manning the door at a New Year’s Eve party at the clubhouse of the motorcycle club Assassin Street Rydaz when he was hit in a drive-by shooting.

A memorial was erected at the site of the clubhouse, and a vigil was planned for 7 p.m. Friday.

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