Paul William Krekeler

Paul William Krekeler, courtesy PPB

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Portland Police Bureau, along with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving a deadly shooting that occurred in the Woodstock neighborhood six years ago.

Paul William Krekeler, 19, was shot and killed on July 22, 2014, and his family is begging for answers.

Officers that night responded to the report of a shooting just before 11 p.m. in the area of Southeast 57th Avenue and Southeast Harold Street.

Krekeler was found dead at the scene. An autopsy determined that he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detectives believe Krekeler ran northbound on 57th Avenue before collapsing in a yard on the southwest corner of 57th Avenue. The residents of the home do not appear to have any connection to Krekeler, according to police.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and then saw a white truck or SUV headed south on 57th, but police said it has not been confirmed that the vehicle is related to the shooting.

No motive has been determined in the shooting, according to police.

FOX 12 spoke with Krekeler's friend, Kemper Woodruff, on Wednesday night as friends and family gathered with pictures and candles.

Woodruff said Krekeler always looked out for other people.

"Paul was my best friend, and honestly, more like a brother to me than anything," Woodruff said.

He said he and Krekeler's family need the public's help now more than ever.

"As much as we're here to commemorate him to the best of our ability, we're here to ask the community for any and all information, any kind of tip because someone's seen something, you know?" Woodruff said.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime.

Submit secure and anonymous tips at www.p3tips.com/823 or call 503-823-4357.

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