Family members grieve mother of 2 stabbed to death in Shively: 'Nobody deserves to go this way'
Lindsay Royalty was just days removed from a stint in Louisville's jail, and family members say she wanted to regain custody of her kids.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An attack in Shively on Monday ended with a woman dead and a man screaming for help in the middle of the street.
It was a well-placed stick and a police K-9 that stopped the murder suspect who was on the run.
Now the victim's family members say they want answers. Loved ones say when last they talked to Lindsey Royalty, she had decided it was time to sober up. The 31-year-old mother of two was just days removed from a stint in Louisville's jail, and family members say she wanted to regain custody of her kids.
"She'd do anything in the world for anybody," said Shelbi Robinson, Royalty's sister. "She put her mind to it and she did it. She was a very beautiful young lady...she just went down the wrong path: got involved in a little bit of drugs and she just needed her family to help guide her the right way and unfortunately, we couldn't get there to her soon enough."
Royalty's body was found in the street on Neblett avenue Monday in front of her Shively home. She'd been stabbed to death. Blood stains stretched from the garage to the street.
"Nobody deserves to go this way," Robinson said.
Court records say 34-year-old Chadwick York stabbed both of his roommates in a confrontation over a car break-in. Royalty died, but her boyfriend survived and York went on the run.
"I was in the bathroom, water was running, heard a loud bang, and I said, 'What the hell -- that sounds pretty close!'" said Fred Chandler, a neighbor.
Chandler says that bang was York busting out a backdoor window at his home.
"I said, 'You son of a [EXPLETIVE], get out of my house!" Chandler recalled.
The window has since been repaired and the retired railway worker asked us not to show his face, but he believes a 2x4 stopped him from being the next victim.
"The police told me, 'That stick saved you from him coming in,'" Chandler said.
We're told York cut through neighbors' backyards and had to jump a fence even to reach Chandler's back door, and when that hiding space didn't work, he ended up in custody a few doors down the block.
"At the time I didn't know what was going on," said Robert Board, another neighbor. "We saw all these police lined up and down the street in cars."
By the time Board figured it out, a police K9 had pulled York out from the shed behind his home. "I was kind of shocked about it," said Board.
But his shock is nothing compared to the sorrow felt by Royalty's family.
"What happened there?" asked Robinson. "There was two of you, and one of him, like, what happened? Why is my sister dead? I just don't understand it. Why her?"
They say they're left with dismay and disbelief, wishing they'd been there soon enough.
"She was a great person," said Patti Royalty, the victim's mother. "She was a good daughter."
A GoFundMe page has been started to pay for Lindsey Royalty's funeral arrangements. To donate, click here.
York was due in court Tuesday morning to answer to charges including burglary and murder but a sheriff's deputy says he wasn't brought in because he has lice. He was eventually arraigned and is being held on a $1 million bond on murder, assault, burglary, criminal mischief and a parole violation.
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