Community remembers victim of unsolved 2014 murder

Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 6:23 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - Eight years ago, on July 22, a teenager was gunned down in Southeast Portland. Police don’t know the motive in the case and have yet to make an arrest. 

Friends say 19-year-old Paul Krekeler was on his way to a friend’s house when he was shot in the chest near the intersection of southeast 57th Avenue and Harold Street. He had recently graduated from Franklin High School. He was also a star player on the Inner City Shine, a minor league football team.

On the anniversary of his death, friends and family are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Kemper Woodruff says Krekeler was his best friend. Kemper points to the growing gun violence in Portland and says the city needs to do more to prevent more people from losing loved ones. 

Woodruff says, “I hope I can prevent this loss and this situation from hitting home for other people.”  

He says everyone in the community needs to pitch in and help police and city officials get the job done.