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Police, family hope for answers 3 years after 19-year-old was killed in SE Portland

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Paul William Krekeler, jail booking photo Paul William Krekeler, jail booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Three years after a 19-year-old was shot and killed in southeast Portland, police and his family are bringing attention back on the case in hopes of finally receiving some answers.

Officers responded to a shooting near Southeast 57th Avenue and Harold Street at 10:56 p.m. July 22, 2014.

Paul William Krekeler was found on the ground in a yard on the 5500 block of 57th Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner determined he died of a gunshot wound.

Several spent casings were found in the nearby street and witnesses reported seeing a light-colored larger pickup speeding away from the scene after the shooting.

Detectives also learned a man was seen running away from the area.

A possible motive has not been released in this case, but investigators believe there are people with “crucial information” who have not yet come forward to talk to police.

The Krekeler family asks anyone with information to contact Detective Chris Traynor at 503-823-0889 or Christopher.Traynor@Portlandoregon.gov.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers rewards up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest in any unsolved homicide and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Krekeler’s family plans to meet at Lents Park at noon Saturday to appeal to members of the community who might have information that can help solve this case.

Krekeler was a running back on Portland’s Inner City Shine football team.

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