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19-year-old fatally shot during home invasion in Springfield Township<

UPDATED 1:16 AM EST Nov 18, 2013
Teen shot and killed in Springfield Township home invasion

CINCINNATI —A Cincinnati athlete was shot and killed during a home invasion in Springfield Township Sunday morning.

The man has been identified as 19-year-old Vincent Turnage.

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Turnage graduated from Mt. Healthy High School, where he played football and ran track.

“He had a bright future and was faster than anybody out here. They took an opportunity away from somebody who could have done something special with his life,” Turnage’s friend Keonte Williams said.

Other friends told WLWT News 5 that Turnage was home visiting from the University of Akron, where he had earned an athletic scholarship.

“He was a super athlete — basketball, football; a great personality. You couldn’t find a better guy to be around than Vince,” Mt. Healthy Athletic Booster Club member John Poppe said.

The details of the robbery remain unclear, but friends are certain he was taken too soon.

“It is sad. He was a true athlete. He hung around my son and was a good kid. It’s sad to see something like this happen,” Mt. Healthy parent Demon Jackson said.

Teams gathered Sunday near the spot where Turnage was gunned down.

“He was just always smiling. He didn’t deserve this at all,” Williams said.

Officials from Mt. Healthy High School expect grief counselors to be available at the school on Monday.

No suspect information has been released.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Springfield Township Police Department at 513-729-1300 or CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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