A 16-year-old Patrick Henry High School student was the victim of Friday’s fatal shooting in Roanoke.
Tyler Douglas Polumbo’s death from a gunshot wound to the torso was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.
No one has been arrested in the case.
Police spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline on Tuesday identified Polumbo “after careful consideration and discussion with the victim’s family.” A 2017 state law forbids law enforcement from releasing the names of juvenile homicide victims without the family’s consent.
Cline said Monday she had no information to share about possible suspects or motives and that she would release updates when they were available.
Polumbo’s death is the fifth known homicide in Roanoke this year.
Roanoke police officers came to a house in the 2100 block of Denniston Avenue Southwest on Friday on a report of a person who had been shot and found someone dead in front of the home, a search warrant says.
At least two other people were near the Grandin Village-area home when the shooting happened, according to search warrants seeking phone data from the individuals. Officers found one person in front of the home and another hiding behind the house.
Polumbo was a student at Patrick Henry who was about to turn 17, according to his obituary and a friend.
“He was a really giving person,” said Ryan Dooley, 20, who said he met Polumbo about five years ago through Polumbo’s older brother.
Dooley recalled one winter when he didn’t have a jacket, and Polumbo gave him one.
“When we hung out he was always smiling, always had a positive attitude,” he said.
Jacob Crowe, 19, said in a social media message that Polumbo was “one of the ... most down to earth people I met” and became his best friend when Crowe moved to Roanoke three years ago.
He recalled Polumbo made the best impression on new friends when Crowe took him on a trip to Maryland, where they rode dirt bikes.
Polumbo liked to play basketball and video games and explore the outdoors, Dooley said.
Polumbo’s family declined to comment.
“Tyler was known for his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit,” Polumbo’s obituary says. “Tyler always had a hug for everyone.”
A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Oakey’s South Chapel.
Staff writer Luanne Rife contributed information to this report.