Family, friends mourn slain 19-year-old as CPD releases sketch of murder suspect

Memorial held for 19-year-old fatally shot

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati police released the sketch of a man wanted for murder Monday afternoon.

The unidentified man is wanted for the murder of Caleb Luel on July 21 in the 700 block of Kings Run Drive, CPD said in a news release. Police described the man as a male, likely in his 20s, with brown eyes.

Police described the unidentified man as having black hair, brown eyes, and being in his 20s.
Police described the unidentified man as having black hair, brown eyes, and being in his 20s. (Source: Cincinnati Police Department)

Luel, 19, was found dead at the scene on Kings Run Drive last week, according to police.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, police say. Anyone with information on this man is asked to call the Homicide Unit, 513-352-3542.

Meanwhile, friends and family gathered at Salway Park Monday to mourn Luel and celebrate his life.

“I’m going to miss him,” Luel’s friend, George Schewe said. “I was hoping to get to know him as an adult, but I’m not going to get that opportunity now.”

Hundreds came together at the park for the gathering, some sharing hugs, some shedding tears.

“He was energetic. He was funny. He loved history,” David Warda, Luel’s step-grandfather said. “He always wanted to belong, and he had a very challenging life, but he remained positive, resilient. He cared deeply about family.”

Silas Shepherd, a childhood friend of Caleb’s, tells Fox19 NOW he’s grateful the gathering brought people together who knew Luel, loved him and appreciated him.

“I think it’s beautiful how many people showed up, and I’m happy to be here, and I’m glad we can all remember him in a positive light,” said Shepherd.

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