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Franklin High freshman shot on Holgate; dies

HOSFORD GRADUATE


by: FILE - 15-year-old Abukar Madey is at left, in this family-supplied photo; 22-year-old Lucio Alejandro Ramirez-Navarro is shown at right, in a photo posted on his Facebook page.15-year-old Abukar Madey may indeed have gone to shoot hoops in Lents Park, as he reportedly told his parents when he left home at about 9 pm on Friday evening, October 11.

But, for reasons still unclear, he ended up being shot and critically injured later that evening, while in the company of a 22-year-old man who, police say, is an Hispanic street gang member.

The tragedy unfolded minutes before midnight. Portland East Precinct officers converged on the MAX Light Rail Holgate Transit Station, a half-block east of S.E. 92nd Avenue, after the report of a shooting there.

An AMR ambulance also sped to the scene. Paramedics tended to torso, leg, and arm gunshot wounds suffered by a 22-year-old later identified as Lucio Alejandro Ramirez-Navarro – and who goes by the name of Alex Ramirez. He’d staggered from the station up to a grassy strip near the new 7-Eleven Store at 92nd Avenue and Holgate.

Apparently the victim did not report that someone else had been shot. So, it was not until some ten minutes later, as officers walked down into the Holgate Transit Station to begin their investigation at the crime scene, that they discovered the other victim, and called for another ambulance.

Officers said they found the second victim on the stairway leading down to the MAX platform. This person, who had been shot in the head and arm, wasn’t identified until much later because he carried no identification. This gunshot victim turned out to be Franklin High School freshman, and former Hosford Middle School student, Abukar Madey.

As paramedics tended to both wounded, preparing them for transport to hospitals, police closed off the area – looking for an armed suspect along area streets, on the I-205 Multi-Use Path, and eventually along the Springwater Trail. The search was not successful. MAX Light Rail Green Line trains were ordered not to stop at Holgate Station until the investigation was complete.

When Madey died early Sunday morning – the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined it was from a gunshot wound to the head – the investigation went from looking into just another gang shooting, to being a homicide investigation.

In the hospital, while Ramirez-Navarro was recovering from his injuries, PPB Homicide Detectives questioned him. “Detectives learned that Madey and Ramirez-Navarro were associated with one another,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“Additionally, Ramirez is a documented member of an Hispanic street gang in Portland,” Simpson added. “Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting is gang-related.”

After being convicted of third-degree assault in 2010 and being sentenced to 13 months in prison, court records show that Ramirez-Navarro now has a Clackamas address, and had completed his supervised parole during the summer.

In a memo sent to Portland Public School employees, Hosford Middle School Principal Pam Joyner announced that the staff had set up the “Abukar Madey Memorial Fund” with US Bank, to benefit Madey’s family.

The slain boy’s mother, Sahar Omar, is Hosford’s evening custodian, the memo revealed; and it also stated that Madey was a Hosford graduate, and now had been a Franklin High freshman.

“Siblings of Abukar, the fourth of five children, also attend our schools,” the note continued. “Sahar came to Oregon from Somalia 22 years ago to find freedom and peace. Sahar and her husband Abshir Gair are devastated by their loss.”

Detectives believe that there may be witnesses to the shooting that have not come forward with information – and have released surveillance images of two persons-of-interest in the case. They are described a male Hispanic and a female Hispanic and detectives were asking for the public's help in identifying them to further this investigation. UPDATE: After this edition of THE BEE went to press, Portland Police announced, “Homicide Detectives have arrested 18 year old Silvano Velasquez in connection with the October 11th homicide at the Holgate MAX Station. Velasquez was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder, Attempted Murder, Unlawful use of a Weapon, and Assault in the First Degree. The female suspect previously shown in the CrimeStoppers bulletin has been identified, and has not been charged at this time, in this investigation.

“Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to please call Detective Mark Slater at 503/823-9319, or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503/823-0762.”