Hours after Adrian Bucio-Rodriguez was shot and killed in a Hillsboro neighborhood a few minutes drive from downtown Friday night, Oct. 9, family and friends placed a memorial where it happened.
Days later, nearly 100 people tearfully gathered around the memorial's flowers, photos and candles on Northeast Barberry Drive to remember the 17-year-old Liberty High School junior.
They pleaded for anyone with information about who was responsible for Bucio-Rodriguez's death to come forward.
The Hillsboro Police Department confirmed Wednesday that one person was killed and another was hospitalized in the shooting. Police haven't released names or other details about the incident, which is under investigation.
Yolanda Garcia, Bucio-Rodriguez's aunt, says she and the rest of his family were shocked when they heard what happened.
"A lot of emotions — shock, pain," Garcia said, as more people periodically visited the memorial and relit candles behind her Wednesday. "It's just something that you hear but you don't want to take in. You don't want it to be true."
Garcia said they were surprised about how Bucio-Rodriguez died because he was such a loving kid.
"He always put everyone else above him," Garcia said. "It was always him, his mom and his brother, they were always together. He was just an amazing kid. He loved music. He loved movies."
Garcia said Bucio-Rodriguez's mother, Veronica Montoya-Rodriguez, and his brother planned to watch a movie the night he died. Montoya-Rodriguez told KOIN 6 News one of her son's friends came over and the two retreated into his room. She said she thought they were in his room when her son's father called and said he heard Bucio-Rodriguez had been shot.
Family members have been frustrated that the police asked them what gang Bucio-Rodriguez was affiliated with, said Victoria Garcia Caballero, his mother's cousin.
"He was never involved with anything like that at all," Garcia Caballero said, adding she thinks police assumed he was in a gang because he was Latino, and the assumption could detract from finding who was responsible for his death.
Family members say they've been moved by the outpouring of support from the community. The rally Tuesday, which included a speech from Bucio-Rodriguez's church pastor and musical performances from school friends, shows how much he meant to the community.
For Washington County, it has been a violent couple of weeks.
The same night of Bucio-Rodriguez's death, a 3-year-old in Aloha shot himself in the head and died after he retrieved a handgun out of a bedroom end table.
Less than two weeks earlier, another 17-year-old was shot multiple times in an incident at an apartment complex in Aloha. Police said the victim was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition.
Days before that incident, a 22-year-old man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized after being shot at a Beaverton apartment complex.
Sgt. Clint Chrz, spokesperson for the Hillsboro Police Department, said the event that left Bucio-Rodriguez dead wasn't random, but it is being investigated as an isolated incident.
Chrz wouldn't comment on whether detectives were investigating any individuals in particular.
"I can tell you that they do have information and they're working on that," Chrz said. "But I can't comment on whether there's a named suspect or not."
Data show calls for service for gun-related incidents are up in the area. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it's received nearly 50 more calls for gun-related incidents so far this year than they did about this time in 2019.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to an email inquiry seeking such data Thursday.
Family members have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses.
A viewing and funeral service will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at 205 S.W. Spring St. in Hillsboro. The family says all are welcome and asks people to wear a mask. The service will start at 1 p.m.
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