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Four men were murdered at a home on S.E. Boise Street, and so far there is little explanation and few details

DAVID F. ASHTON - S.E. 42nd Avenue was closed to traffic near Boise Street for the police investigation, after a quadruple homicide in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.While some media reports are attributing a quadruple homicide in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood the evening of June 6 to a "marijuana transaction – in which men who'd come to Portland from Texas, had allegedly concluded that the transaction had gone sour – that is all unconfirmed at this point. The fact of the matter is that we don't yet know what led to the four deaths on S.E. Boise Street, or who is responsible. Portland Police Bureau officials haven't yet revealed any details, including who they believe committed this crime, and why.

What is known is that East Precinct officers were dispatched at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 6th, to a "Shooting – with Weapon" call in a residence on S.E. Boise Street, a few houses west of 42nd Avenue. Arriving officers there found four men, all dead from gunshot wounds.

PPB Homicide Division detectives were called in and, along with members of the Bureau's Forensic Division, all of them worked through the night collecting evidence.

FAMILY-PROVIDED PHOTOS - One of the murder victims was 27-year-old Kendall Gragg, at left; another was 31-year-old Mitchell Nacoste, at right. Photos of the remaining two victims have not yet been released - and details of the crime have not been disclosed yet, either. Then, finally, on June 14th, PPB officials did reveal one piece of information: The names of the four deceased, after the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office ruled that each of the four deaths was a "homicide by gunshot".

The murder victims have been identified as:

· 31-year-old Mitchell Nacoste

· 27-year-old Kendall Gragg

· 24-year-old Donovan Lenford

· 23-year-old Eyion Willis

However, as of when this issue of THE BEE went to press, no further information has been released about the circumstances involving the crime, no investigative findings have been reported, and no arrests have been announced. Nor has a reason for not yet disclosing any of this information been given. If you have any information about this crime, contact Michael Greenlee at 503/823-0871, or e-mail him – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, you can call Detective Brad Clifton at 503/823-0696; e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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