Murder victim found lying in Lents front yard
Lents neighbors looked grim as Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers, detectives, and forensics investigators – and the Medical Examiner – closed off S.E. Reedway Street, between 103rd and 104th Avenues, on Friday morning, May 24.
The investigation focused on the front yard of a home about midway in the block, on the north side of the street.
"I'm sure I heard some shooting going on, but it seemed like it was last night; it seems like it was about 10:30 p.m. – not this morning," remarked neighbor Becky Portage.
"Except for the homeless people that steal everything that isn't nailed down and trash the neighborhood, this has been a great, affordable, and pretty quiet neighborhood for the 20-or-so years I've lived here," Portage told THE BEE, as she gazed at evidence markers in the street near her house.
"I hope [Mayor Ted] Wheeler doesn't nix the cops [Gun Violence Reduction Team], like that commissioner [Jo Ann Hardesty] was pushing for – it seems like we're having shootings here every week, and people downtown don't care," commented Portage.
It wasn't long until officers were shooing everyone off this block of S.E. Reedway Street, westward, as the crime scene perimeter expanded to S.E. 102nd Avenue.
"On May 24, 7:38 a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a person found deceased in the front yard of a home in the 10300 block of SE Reedway Street," confirmed an unnamed PPB spokesperson. "Officers responded and located a person that was confirmed deceased; there was also evidence of gunfire found nearby."
Homicide Detectives completed their on-scene investigation of the morning's death by 2 p.m., and the streets were reopened. The Medical Examiner departed with the deceased, and on Saturday announced that he had been identified as 44-year-old Sergey V. Peshkov of Portland, who had indeed been killed by gunshot woulds. His next of kin was been notified of his death.