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Family of Portland shooting victim begging for public's help

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It's been three years since the murder of 19-year-old Paul Krekeler and his family is still looking for answers.

His mother organized a gathering in southeast Portland Saturday where she last saw her son practice football in 2014 before his death.

“Three years ago today I said, 'Paul, I love you. See you later on.' I never saw my son again," said Krekeler's best friend Kemper Woodruff, who read from a letter Krekeler's mother wrote.

A Portland Police Bureau detective said there is no new information in the case, but they do believe there are people in the community with crucial information about the shooting who have not come forward.

Family and friends hope by shedding light on this cold case once more, it might finally lead to some closure.

"I still talk to him every day. Probably more than anyone that’s walking around. That’s my brother, you know?” said Woodruff.

Police say Paul Krekeler was shot to death three years ago in southeast Portland. They said it appeared he was running down 57th before he collapsed. Police say they still haven’t determined a motive for the shooting.

Krekeler’s family and friends can’t figure it out either. 

“He never spoke poorly of anyone. He liked everyone. He was colorblind," said Reno Joeson, Woodruff's stepfather who was also at the gathering at Lents Park Saturday.

Krekeler’s mother wanted her letter to be read in the area of Lents Park where her son practiced football for the Inner City Shine, a minor league football team in Portland. 

“I wish it never happened. I wish the memories would just go away but I have so many pictures of Paul and the other players and little bit of video it’ll never leave. As long as the Shine is here, even after the Shine is gone we’ll always remember those guys,” said owner of Inner City Shine David Littleton, and Krekeler’s teammate.

Though the shooting feels like yesterday to Krekeler’s friends and family, they know with each day that goes by the chance of solving his murder gets smaller.

They’re asking the community to step up.

"There’s someone out there that knows what happened. There has to be," said Woodruff.

Crime Stoppers raised the reward for an arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the murder to $2,500.

The family is planning on putting signs up around the neighborhood with this information during the next few days.

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