Cleveland police search for suspects in 17-year-old's murder at city playground

Posted at 11:03 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 10:16:38-05

Cleveland police continue their search for suspects in the Feb. 19 murder of 17-year-old Devin Price.

The Cleveland teen was gunned down at the AJ Rickoff playground after two suspects pulled up in a car, one of them firing multiple shots.

Devin Price was found at 6:12 p.m. in the playground, located at East 147th and Kinsman Road, with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, according to Cleveland police.

He was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Price's death was the city's 15th homicide this year.

A group of teens were in the playground when a light-colored sedan pulled up and two people got out of the vehicle. One of the people pointed a gun at the teenager and started firing before getting back inside the vehicle and speeding off, police said.

Family member Kristin Price told News 5 a vigil in memory of Devin will be held at the AJ Rickoff playground on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

"You took a 17-year-old, who has yet to live his life, and for what?" questioned Price. "For the grace of God, who did it? Hopefully, justice will be served for my family." 

Peace in the Hood Director Khalid Samad just returned from a massive summit in Chicago, where peacemakers from across the country gathered to search for solutions to growing teen violence.

Samad said he will hold a series of community meetings, hoping to curb neighborhood violence.

"It is unfathomable that young men would come to a playground, get out of cars and start shooting," said Samad.  

"There were young ladies out here with strollers and babies."

Cleveland police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact its homicide unit at 216-623-5464.