Police: Two teenage girls fatally stab Portland man
The Tigard Police Department has made two arrests in connection with the Jan. 29 stabbing murder of Leroy Xavier Wass-Morrill.
Wass-Morrill, 22, had called 9-1-1 that night to report he'd been stabbed at his apartment complex, the Silver Creek Apartments in the 11500 block of Southwest Hall Boulevard. He was unable to identify his attacker and died a short time later.
On Thursday, Tigard Police Detectives arrested a 17-year-old girl and her 16-year-old relative in the case. The motive appears to be a targeted drug-related robbery. During the course of the robbery, a physical altercation ensued, and the victim was stabbed by one of the suspects, according to Tigard police.
Because the girls are juveniles, police are not releasing their names or booking photos. They are both being lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on charges of murder and robbery.
Known to his friends and family as Leroy Morrill, the young man has been born in Southeast Portland in an inflatable baby pool, grew up surrounded by artists and intellectuals, and embraced a life of adventure as a budding photographer and videographer.
"In his short life, Leroy brought that vibrant spirit into the next generation where he has left an indelible imprint on the hearts, minds, and souls of many individuals and communities," according to an obituary. "A young man of compassion and insight, Leroy was active with the Black Lives Matter protests over the last year. That activist spirit was undoubtedly rooted in his deeply felt pride in his Indigenous heritage."
Morrill's mother, Angie Morrill, is well-known for her research regarding Native Feminist Theory.
-Reporter Zane Sparling contributed to this story.
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