Family of murdered 18-year-old praying for answers

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Like the rest of the seniors at Clay High School, 18-year-old Nathan Hall should be heading to prom this weekend. Instead, he's being mourned by family and friends.

On April 16, the teen was shot and killed while riding his bike in the 1200 block of North Adams Street around 12:45 a.m.

ShotSpotter initially alerted police to gunfire in that area. They arrived within one minute and found Hall lying next to his bike, with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say there were no obvious witnesses or suspects at the scene.

"We don't have a lot to go on right now and we're just hoping somebody knows something, heard something or saw something that can help out," said Hall's father, Dave Opfer.

The teen's family and friends joined a group of strangers to honor Hall during an on-site prayer vigil at Muessel Grove Park Thursday night, just around the corner from where Hall was murdered.

They prayed for someone to come forward with information in the case and for ongoing violence in South Bend to stop.

"I just want to say please stop killing your brothers and sisters," said Hall's mother, Charla Opfer. "We are called by God to love one another."

Hall's parents say their son was well-liked and stayed out of trouble. More than 1,500 people showed up at his funeral. So, they're struggling to understand why anyone would shoot the teen.

"Nate was a wonderful kid," his father said. "He was a great son. A great friend. He never met anyone that I know of that he didn't like."

Metro Homicide hasn't made any arrests in the case or received many tips.

Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip with CrimeStoppers at 288-STOP.

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