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CrossFit community relieved to see final suspect arrested

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Jake Grolle is a trainer at CrossFit Toledo, a job once held by the former owner, Joe Lengel.  The 57-year-old was shot and killed last November during an attempted robbery.  Trainers and members like Jake have spent the last year working to continue Lengel's legacy.

"I think he would be so happy if he could see this right now, he'd love it," says Grolle.  "It was his dream, his passion to see this. I know I love it, but I think he would love it even more."

Today the gym has new members, and their old workspace has expanded to nearly triple its original size.

"The community as a whole has really come together, gelled together and is really strong right now," says Nate Hillman, the new owner.  "Joe was a very humbled guy. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the community driven place that was fun."

News of a final arrest for Lengel's death, came as a relief for some.  Deitrekk Boone, who has been on the run since last year, was finally arrested on Wednesday at a Houston Golden Corral restaurant.  Boone is charged with aggravated murder and robbery in the fatal 2012 shooting.

"I guess it's a good thing that he's taken by the cops so that maybe he can change in the jail cell," says CrossFit member Gela Cordero.   "It's really God who is in control of everything. Whether this guy will change or not is not up to us."

The other men charged in the case, Devonte Harris, Chad Brown, Matthew Managhan and Jason Kuhns, are already behind bars serving time on their convictions.  Boone will have to be extradited back to Ohio for his crimes.  But CrossFit members say getting final justice for Joe is a step in the right direction.

"It's about community, people enjoying each other and really going for a common goal," says Hillman.  "I think that's what Joe represented for a lot of us. And I think he would be really proud of it."

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