Suspect arrested for murder of Special Forces veteran and his daughter


A suspect is in custody for the murder of a decorated Army Special Forces veteran and his daughter in their home last week.

Walter Bryant Jr., 78, and his daughter Faith Craig, 58, were found murdered by police in their Aurora, Indiana home last Friday.

Walter was served two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea during his twenty-year career in the Army. While in the Army, he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, two Purple Hearts, 3 Bronze Star Medals for valor, two Army Commendation Medals w/V device, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the Parachutist Badge as well as several other medals.

“We just can’t believe a guy that was a true American hero, American patriot, could die a violent death like that,” Gentrup said.

While in combat, Walter survived being struck with a rocket-propelled grenade and being stabbed with a bayonet.

“It doesn’t make sense. It’s unbelievable,” said Daniel Neff, who runs the Aurora VFW. “Nobody can believe it, really.”

Authorities have released few details about the murder but say they have a suspect in custody.  The suspect was arrested on Saturday for unrelated charges and will not be identified until formal charges are filed.  According to WDRB, the official cause of death for the victims has not been released yet.

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