Fatal home invasion on Cleveland's west side

A 40-year-old Cleveland man killed in a violent home invasion on the city's west side.

Police were called to a home on Walton Avenue around 8:45AM. The girlfriend told police her boyfriend was shot and stabbed while lying in bed. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The suspect climbed in the victim's home through a window, attacked the man and stole property before fleeing through the back door.

Friends and family are in shock over the violent and senseless murder. The victim has been identified as Jeff Mechling.

"Jeff was one of the most wonderful guys you'd ever want to meet. He'd be there for you in a minute," said one woman choking back tears. "He would do anything for anybody, and I just don't understand. How could somebody do something so bad...to kill him like that. It's just not right."

The killer was wearing a mask and a gray puffy winter jacket.

The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone with information about this incident to contact the Homicide Unit at 216.623.5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216.252.7463 or Text messaging to Text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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