A family in Lakeland, Florida, is still searching for answers in the unsolved shooting death of their 17-year-old son, Tye Ketchum. Tye was shot and killed last October inside his home at the Park at Palazzo apartment complex on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. His father, Joe Ketchum, is now sharing their story in hopes of moving the case forward and finding justice.
The family recently discovered that the police had released Tye’s name and photo without their permission. Joe Ketchum expressed that if they had been asked, they would have given their consent. They are now focused on finding answers and believe that this new development may help lead to an arrest.
Tye Ketchum was a well-regarded student at Lakeland High School, known for his smile, love for basketball, and close bond with his family. His father found him bleeding and gasping for air when he returned home from work on the day of the incident. Despite calling 911, Tye’s life could not be saved.
Joe Ketchum is making a final plea for help, urging anyone with information to come forward. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.
The community has previously honored Tye’s memory with a dedicated day at Lakeland High School. His family remains determined to find answers and bring closure to their son’s tragic death.