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Police looking for person of interest in fatal shooting of teen in North Co.

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St. Louis County Police are searching for a person of interest in connection with the murder of a teen who was found near a North County pond. (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department) St. Louis County Police are searching for a person of interest in connection with the murder of a teen who was found near a North County pond. (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A family is one step closer to closure in the death of their 15-year-old grandson.

Trenell Rogers was shot in the heart back in May. Now police are closing in on who the shooter could be.

"These are pictures of the family, pictures of Trenell coming up. He lived a good life," says Tracey Rogers. 

Tracey and her husband, Dwayne Rogers, lost their grandson Trenell in May. The months without him have been heartbreaking for them. 

"Typically, there are things that you would do with him around this time, get him prepared for school, it puts a lot on your heart," says Dwayne Rogers. 

On May 30 at 1 p.m., Trenell was with his friends at a pond in north St. Louis County, near Florissant when he was shot and killed.

"We talk about him every day. Everyday. There's not a day, a moment, an hour that doesn't go by that we don't talk about our Trenell," says Tracey Rogers. 

The Rogers have been praying for a break in their grandson's case because for months police have not been able to find the shooter. 

On Thursday, they got a glimmer of hope. St. Louis County police released a photo of  Rodrick Gunthorp. The 18-year-old is now a person of interest in Trenell's murder.

"We just want justice for our grandson. He needs to be off the street. He really does you know," says Tracey. 

Police won't say exactly how Gunthorp is connected to the crime. But they stress that Gunthorp is armed and dangerous. The Rogers say they've never seen him before but they hope soon he's found.

"We don't want this incident to happen to somebody else because if he did it to Trenell, I am pretty sure he will do it to someone else," says Dwayne Rogers.  

Gunthorp was last known to be in the Blackjack area. Police say if you see him, do not approach and call 911 immediately.

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