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Lorain police investigate man's shooting death

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LORAIN — An Elyria man died after being shot in the head Monday in the 2300 block of Reeves Avenue.

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Kenneth William Shinafelt

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Kenneth William Shinafelt, 31, 250 Fifth St., was taken to Mercy Hospital at 11:49 p.m. and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he died at 7:02 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

No arrests have been made.

Investigators are still gathering evidence and interviewing potential witnesses and have not released many details about Shinafelt’s death.

According to a records search, Shinafelt has 10 criminal and traffic violations dating to 2010 in Lorain Municipal Court, 15 charges filed against him in Elyria Municipal Court and eight charges in Avon Lake Municipal Court ranging from drug possession, drug abuse and theft.

A friend, Dewayne Williams, said he met Shinafelt about a year ago while at Harbor Light, a rehabilitation facility in Cleveland run by The Salvation Army. Williams said Shinafelt struggled with his sobriety.

He was able to stay sober at first, Williams said, but soon after being released from rehab he again turned to drugs.

“He was very funny. He liked to joke around, have a good time,” Williams said. “He will be missed. I wished he wouldn’t have went out the way he went out.”

Williams said he last saw Shinafelt about three months ago and the 31-year-old was talking about his new job. Williams ended the conversation telling Shinafelt to “stay strong.”

“I’m just a little bit lost for words,” Williams said. “I wanted to see him do well. He had his whole life ahead of him.”

Anyone with information should call the Lorain Police Department at (440) 204-2105.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com



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