Police arrest suspect in murder of 15-year-old at Mr. Hero

Mourners arrive at funeral services for Sunny Ravi Patel
A suspect was arrested Sunday. (Source: Cleveland Heights Police Department)
A suspect was arrested Sunday. (Source: Cleveland Heights Police Department)

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Police have a suspect in custody in the murder of 15-year-old Sunny Ravi Patel at Mr. Hero on Friday night.

Sunny, a sophomore at Mayfield High School, was working at his family's restaurant in Cleveland Heights when a man walked in and shot him in the neck, fatally wounding him. The shooter then took money from the register and fled.

Around 9 p.m. on Sunday, officers saw a male entering the Dollar General at Lee and East Overlook who matched the description of the suspect. After he exited the store, officers approached the suspect. He fled on East Overlook before being found and taken into custody.

Detectives will continue to investigate.

Patel's family says that he was planning on watching the Indians game with friends Friday night, but instead chose to work and help out his family. His father said that, even at a young age, his son made his family and working hard top priorities.

"He was a nice behaving boy," he said. "He always respected everyone."

Patel's funeral will be held Monday at the Bush Funeral Home in Parma. The services, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., are open to anyone who wants to pay their respects.

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