Officials: 18-year-old Reading male shot and killed near Kutztown University

An 18-year-old Reading man was shot and killed in Kutztown, Berks County, officials said.

The shooting happened early Saturday morning, just before 1 a.m., in the Berks County town, according to authorities.

Police were called to the 400 block of Baldy Road. Officers arrived to the address at the Advantage Point off-campus student apartments associated with Kutztown University.


The victim, identified as 18-year-old Diego Velazquez, of Reading, was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, where he died a short time later.

The Lehigh County coroner ruled Velazquez’s death a homicide.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the shooting death, along with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office.