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Vigil held for murder victim shot near Victory Park

Police are looking for a 19-year-old suspect, as family members gathered to remember a murdered 17-year-old.  A dispute over a moped might have led to the fatal shooting.

17-year-old Norman Beals Jr. died Tuesday.  Metro Police have released "wanted" poster, looking for a 19-year-old suspect Christopher L. Gordon.  There was a belief he showed up Sunday night at the victim's visitation.

"It's just terrible.  He was only 17," said Patricia Keelin, the victim's grandmother.

On a cold afternoon that felt more like January than March, a cold reality hit home.  Young faces wiped away tears and others let go as they remembered.

17-year-old Norman Beals Jr. is the city's latest homicide victim from fatal shooting that happened Tuesday near 23rd and Kentucky Streets.

"His mother called and told me to come get her because little Norman just got shot," said Keelin.

"He loses his life over a senseless argument.  That tells you more about the times we're in.  That it's not just about drug issues," said Christopher 2x, Community Activist.

His grandmother says Beals had recently been released from a juvenile corrections facility and was accepted into college.

A dispute over his moped Tuesday night ended in gunfire and left his friends driving him to the hospital.

Metro Police are looking 19-year-old Christopher L. Gordon, also known as Chris Woods.  He has tattoos on both forearms and could be driving that stolen black moped.

Christopher 2x says the inability of young men to resolve issues without violence is what often fuels "black on black" crime.

Last year's record homicide rate was the highest it's been since the merger of Metro Louisville. Of those victims, more than half were under the age of 30.

"Nobody has a blueprint to solve the homicide issue," said Christopher 2x.

"The child that did it, you need to just turn yourself in.  Please turn yourself in because it's hard," said Keelin.

Adding insult to the family's grief, there was a commotion at the funeral home Sunday night when it was believed the suspect showed up, sending people spilling out into the streets.

Beals's death marks the 10 homicide victim in March.  Anyone who has seen Gordon or has information is urged to call the anonymous tipline at 574-LMPD.

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