Friends remember Glencoe alum killed in Sunday shooting
Many questions remain about what led to a shooting that killed a former Glencoe High School student early Sunday morning.
Fermin Alonso-Alonso, 18, of North Plains, died Sunday, Sept. 30, after he was shot while at a house party in the Rock Creek area, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the 17700 block of Northwest Connett Meadow Court near West Union Road at about 12:47 a.m., Sunday morning, after receiving reports of shots fired.
A gunman reportedly opened fire after an "altercation" broke out, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Talbot. Alonso-Alonso was shot and taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died later that morning, Talbot said.
A GoFundMe account raising money for the Alonso family has raised more than $12,000 by Monday afternoon. The online fundraiser will help pay for burial costs, according to the fundraiser's organizer, Adrian Tenorio.
A candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1 at Compound Gallery, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., in Portland.
Friends who spoke with Pamplin Media Group said Alsono-Alonso loved photography and fashion. He had recently started work at Nike after graduating from Glencoe High School in June.
"It didn't matter if he knew you or not," said William Deleon, 18, of Cornelius. "If you were having a bad day, he'd be there to help you."
Deleon and Alonso-Alonso were best friends, Deleon said. The pair met at Evergreen Middle School, where the two attended class.
"He was like my brother," Deleon said.
Maddie Beach, 18, grew up in Forest Grove, but met Alonso-Alonso through mutual friends. She said he was a great friend who was always there for people. Beach saw Alonso-Alonso a few days before his death.
"Fermin was probably one of the kindest people I've ever met," Beach told the Tribune on Monday. "Even if you didn't know him well, you just knew he had your back. He always looked out for people so much. In a room full of rude people you'd see him smiling, he was always trying to be that person and be uplifting to others."
Alonso wanted to become a professional photographer, Deleon said.
"He had some of the most amazing shots I've ever seen in my life," Deleon said. "It was his dream to capture those moments that people wanted to keep forever."
"It's terrible that he isn't able to accomplish his dream," Deleon added.
A candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1 at Compound Gallery, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., in Portland. The gallery showcased many of Alonso-Alonso's work, Deleon said.
"Fermin was always such a beautifully caring person," Austin Carlisle wrote on the GoFundMe web page Monday afternoon. "I remember him always being so welcoming to everyone and showing that truly sincere smile. We shared this mutual love for Spider-Man back in the first grade. He will forever live on in my heart, never to be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends through this unimaginably hard time."
Beth Graser, a spokeswoman with the Hillsboro School District, said a large number of grief counselors were on hand at Glencoe High School on Monday, talking with students and staff. The counselors are part of the district's Flight Team, a specially-trained group of district staff.
Graser said counselors will work with students to talk, write letters to Alonso-Alonso's family, and process their feelings.
The Sheriff's Office has not released any description of the alleged shooter and no arrests have been made. Talbot said the shooter fled the scene and has not yet been found.
"Once we have verified accurate and factual suspect information, we will be sure to pass it along to the media," Talbot said Monday.
Deputies are working to contact people who attended the party. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2700.
The house party — held at a rented AirBnB home — drew dozens, if not hundreds, of people, Talbot said. News of the gathering spread to social media, drawing partygoers from across the Metro area.
"Some (came) from as far as Keizer," Talbot said, "and across the river from Washington."
At some point during the evening, a fight broke out, Talbot said, which led to the shooting. Talbot said it's not clear which of the partygoers were involved in the fight, and which were bystanders.
Alsono-Alonso's GoFundMe account said the teen was not involved in the altercation, but was shot by accident.
"Detectives would like to speak with anyone who attended the party or has knowledge of who was in attendance," Talbot said. Investigators hope that cell phone videos or photos from the incident may help shed light on what happened.
Washington County's inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team is leading the investigation, with assistance from the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division. Also assisting with the emergency response Sunday morning were Hillsboro, Beaverton and state police agencies, as well as Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance.
By Geoff Pursinger
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