Suspect charged with Woodburn man's murder
A man has been charged in the murder of a Woodburn man who was shot in Salem last month, Marion County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
Martin Steven Kirk-Varela, 26, is being charged with, among other crimes, second-degree murder with a firearm, first-degree attempted murder with a firearm, first and second-degree assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine. Those charges all stem from a shooting that occurred on Snoopy Lane in northeast Salem.
The shooting incident, which took place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, dispatched Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies, and a SWAT team, which arrived at the east-Salem scene shortly after 11 p.m. In the vicinity of Snoopy Lane and Linus Court NE, they discovered that three people had received gunshot wounds, including Eduardo Flores Rodriguez, 21, of Woodburn, who succumbed to his wound.
Deputies reported Flores Rodrigues was in a Chrysler 300 and had been shot in the head. He died at a local hospital on Jan. 23.
Marion County Major Case Chief Katie Suver noted that the Indictment alleges that Kirk-Varela, address unknown, intentionally caused the death of Flores-Rodriguez. The Indictment further alleges that Kirk-Varela attempted to cause the death of other victims and caused them injury.
Kirk-Varela is currently incarcerated at the Marion County Correctional Facility serving a parole sanction. He will appear for arraignment at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the Marion County Court Annex.
Suver said the iincident was investigated by MCSO.Anyone with information concerning the Jan. 21 shooting is encouraged to contact Det. Nancy Serrano at 503-316-6635, or submit an anonymous tip online at MCSO website, www.co.marion.or.us/SO.
Rodriquez's survivors include a one-year-old son. A Go Fund Me page has been established for his family.
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