One Clinic worker dead, another wounded in ‘execution-style’ shooting in downtown Cleveland

Posted by Plain Dealer staff February 23, 2009 11:06AM

CLEVELAND — Two people shot — one fatally — about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of East 12th Street were likely the victims in a robbery, police said.

“They were truly innocent people,” said Lt. Thomas Stacho, police spokesman. “It was an apparent robbery.”

Jeremy Pechanec, 28, and Jory Aebly, 26, had attended a party at Scorchers in downtown Cleveland, witnesses said. Both were shot after the bar closed.

Pechanec died at 9:31 p.m. from gunshot wounds to the head and shoulder, according to the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office.

“It appears to have been execution style,” said Powell Caesar, spokesman for the coroner’s office.

Pechanec and Aebly were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Both men worked the second shift at the Cleveland Clinic in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, Clinic officials said.

Witnesses told police that they heard a fight outside the bar and then heard three gunshots.

Jeremy was my friend. I had known him since I was 12 years old. Why these horrible things happen, we may never know. But every time I lose someone I care about, a small piece of me dies with them. For all those souls, may they find peace.

Grandpa Wilcomb
Grandma Wilcomb
Grandpa Vega
Grandma Vega
Uncle Isador
Aunt Connie
Uncle Louie
Uncle James
Aunt Irene
Aunt Philipa
John Bitzer
Baby Hill
Jason Ryan
Sam Stock
Lila Lawson
Lauren Barth
Brooke Okazaki
Cami Jo Gumm
Julia Vega
Uncle Bob
Aunt Mary
Uncle Bob
Uncle Ed
Mick Snapp
Aunt Catherine
Jeanette Noonan
Dan Lunger
Jeremy Pechanec
And the many others I am sure I am forgetting.

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