Grandma, grandson killed; Suspect is boy's uncle

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PHOENIX -- Police have found the man wanted in the beating deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandmother. He is being charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder.

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Police hunting for man in beating deaths of teen, gandmother - Police are looking for a suspect in the beating deaths of a 14-year-old Phoenix boy and his grandmother.

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Investigators believe Erick Lampert, 35, killed his mother, Sheila Lampert, and nephew, Loggan, over the weekend.

Detective James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department said Loggan's little sister told them Lampert hit Loggan after the two got into an argument on Saturday at Sheila Lampert's home at Third Avenue and Hatcher Road in Phoenix.

The 9-year-old girl got scared and ran to her mother's house not far away. It was hours later that the mother found the body of Sheila Lampert.

Investigators initially believed the teen was missing. It wasn't until later that night that police found Loggan's body stuffed in a trash bin in the backyard. According to police, both Loggan, who just turned 14 on Saturday, and his grandmother suffered blunt-force trauma to their heads.

Police officers recovered a shovel at the home they believe was used to kill one if not both people.

Holmes said Erick Lampert was detained by Tempe police and arrested by Phoenix police detectives near Warner Road and South River Parkway in Tempe at approximately 9:50 a.m. Monday.

Tempe police officers had responded to a location in the area in reference to a suspicious person on the property. Holmes said officers made contact with Lampert and, based on his description, he was detained for positive identification from Phoenix detectives.

The funeral for Sheila Lampert and Loggan will be held Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m., at Freeway Baptist Church near I-17 and Northern Avenue. It is open to the public. On Sunday, June 28, there is a day-long car wash at Fabric Depot at Van Buren Street and Dysart Road in Avondale.

Lampert is charged with both murders.

Lampert's father said his son has a history of mental illness and can become violent when he does not take his medication. Branko Lampert said his son often refuses to take his medication. He believes that's what happened over the weekend.

Branko Lampert said he has not had contact with Erick for about two years. He said at the time, Erick threatened to kill him.

"I have no idea [where he is] because he has lived on the streets," Branko Lampert said.

Erick Lampert actually made headlines in 2004 when he held police in a standoff at his father's home. During that incident, he threatened to kill officers with a Samurai sword.

Sheila Lampert worked at the Arizona Humane Society's Sunnyslope facility.

"We are relieved that police have apprehended the suspect in the tragic deaths of Sheila Lampert and her grandson, Loggan," AHS executive director Guy Collison said in a statement Monday. "Our employees continue to grieve the loss of a dear friend, whose motto in life was to 'love them all."

If you would like to help the Lampert Family, you can donate at any Chase bank branch under the account "Lampelt Family Support Trust."