FBI offers $25,000 reward in downtown Portland's deadly mass shooting
The FBI is offering a significant reward connected to a deadly mass shooting that took place in downtown Portland nearly three months ago.
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon Keiran Ramsay announced they, in partnership with Metro Safe Streets Task Force, are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction connected to the deadly shooting that took place on Southwest Third Avenue in the early hours of July 17.
The reward was announced Thursday, Oct. 15. It is in addition to the previously offered reward of up to $2,500 from Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
That shooting, which the FBI believes is likely gang-related, resulted in the death of 18-year-old Makayla Harris and the injury of six other bystanders. Authorities believe they were not the intended targets.
Family and friends of Harris attended the news conference to ask the community to come forward with information so they can get justice for the young woman.
"Today we're joined by a number of friends and family members of Makayla who are really here showing a tremendous amount of bravery — bravery that's shining through when so many people out there who may have information on these shootings are remaining silent," Ramsay said.
Ramsay pleaded with the community to help them hold those responsible for the rising homicide rate in the city accountable.
"Law enforcement continues to respond to these incidents and is meeting a wall of resistance, if not reluctance, for people to come forward — people who saw something, who witnessed something, who still have yet to find the will to come forward to law enforcement," he said. "Perhaps it is because of a distrust of law enforcement, perhaps it is because of a fear of retaliation or some other reason. But in the end, if we don't have people come forward and find the will to provide us this information, to stop this killing — we know what's going to continue."
Makayla's mother, Felicia Martinez, was not in attendance but did write a letter that Ramsay read.
"Makayla was beautiful, happy and recently graduated high school," the letter said, in part. "I am asking anyone with information to come forward and speak with the investigators to help solve this senseless tragedy. I know someone out there knows who did this. Please do the right thing and help hold the person or persons responsible for their actions. We deserve closure, and Makayla, who had her innocent life taken from her, deserves justice.
"This is to the coward who took my baby from me — you will pay for what you did because I will not lay down and I will never stop fighting for my baby girl. I will not stop seeking justice for Makayla Marie Harris."
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