'A beautiful soul': Keris Riebel's family pens emotional post while seeking financial support
UPPER SANDUSKY, OHIO: Keris Riebel, a newlywed who was killed by a machete-wielding man, was a ‘beautiful soul’, says aunt Amber Geiser. In her GoFundMe page, set to support the victim’s husband, Jordan Rieber, she wrote, "Anyone who met the two could see how much love and adoration they had for each other. Keris was a beautiful soul and anyone who met her would say how sweet and kind she was."
Recently, Riebel earned her Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, "She was looking forward to starting her career," added Geiser. "Jordan and Keris were also looking forward to having children and most recently a puppy and starting their new lives together." But it was "ripped apart from the both of them in a matter of seconds." Wynfold Local Schools, Ohio described their student from the 2019 batch, as “a beautiful soul, with a faith-filled heart. "She exuded genuine kindness to everyone she met and her smile was unforgettable. Keris was taken way too soon and will forever live in the hearts of the Wynford Community."
The prime suspect Bethel Bekele, 27, has been taken into custody as per Upper Sandusky Police. The officials rushed to the scene after they received a stress call informing them that a man with a machete was inside the store at 1120 Wyandot Avenue, in Upper Sandusky, and had hit an employee. The Toledo Blade reported that before the officers could arrive, the victim had succumbed to her injuries. After committing the crime, the suspect had run away and was found 100 block of South Fifth Street, said police. However, he didn’t resist and as the cops approached towards him, Bekele surrendered while he was sitting in his parked car, reports WCBE.
The cops are also looking to establish whether Bekele and Riebel knew each other. The community is ‘terrified’ amid the killing at broad daylight, says resident Jason Pierce to 10-TV, "It's terrifying to see something like this in Upper Sandusky, because this is a nice community." Jason Lucas, the Chief of Police said the last murder was in 2001 that took place in the region and nothing like this ever happened since then. The devastated victim’s family described her as "an amazing, kind, and sweet young woman who lit up the world with her smile.”
It is unknown if Bekele has opted to retain an attorney to represent him or gotten into a plea with the authorities.