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Police have booked a suspect in the 2019 death of an activist killed by a car outside a political watering hole.

COURTRIBUTED PHOTO: PPB - Sean Kealiher in an undated photograph.An arrest has been made in the 2019 murder of a Portland activist, the Portland Police Bureau announced on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Christopher E. Knipe is charged in connection with the murder of Sean Kealiher.

Kealiher was 23 when he died Oct. 12, 2019 after being hit by a vehicle on Northeast Ninth Avenue and Northeast Davis Street, police said. He died after leaving Cider Riot, a popular hangout for left-wing activists.

"At this time, investigators do not believe the crime was politically motivated," the bureau said in a statement on Thursday.

Knipe has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a murder in the second-degree charge. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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