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Homicide detectives seek clues, say they cannot risk compromising the investigation.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - A memorial for Sean Kealiher is shown here on Tuesday, Oct. 15.Portland police are staying tight-lipped about the investigation into the death of activist Sean Kealiher.

But in a Tuesday, Oct. 15 news release, police said the motive behind the killing was "unknown." Officers said they followed standard procedure in processing the scene, finding evidence, following up on leads and interviewing witnesses.

"Detectives take these investigations seriously and cannot risk compromising an investigation by divulging information too soon in the process," according to the police press release. "We are committed to sharing what information we can when it will not hinder the investigation."

Kealiher died at a local hospital after he was struck by an SUV just after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 12, near the Democratic Party of Oregon offices at Northeast Ninth Avenue and Davis Street. Gunshots were fired into the crashed vehicle, which was recovered by police. Kealiher was taken by his friends in a private car to the hospital.

"These investigations can take considerable time and we ask for the public's patience as we diligently work through the evidence and leads," according to the police press release.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward of $2,500 for information in the case. The public can submit tips to investigators here.


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