Friday evening’s taking pictures in Portland’s Previous City leisure district claimed the lifetime of Lauren Teyshawn Abbott Jr., a 19-year-old Portland man who instructed county officers 4 months in the past that he feared for his life after an in depth pal was gunned down, based on court docket data.
Abbott was taken by ambulance from the taking pictures scene within the 500 block of Northwest Sofa Avenue however was pronounced useless a short while later, police stated.
Two different individuals had been wounded within the 9:30 pm taking pictures, together with one with life-threatening wounds, police stated. The murder marked the town’s fifty fifth this yr. Police stated they’re nonetheless investigating and have made no arrests.
On Monday, Abbott’s youthful sister Aliah Abbott, 17, and fiancée Jenai Valero, 22, huddled collectively on a blanket on the nook the place Abbott had collapsed from gunshots. They sat beside a makeshift memorial with flowers, images and candles.
Valero stated Abbott had gone downtown about 7 pm to get a tattoo in Previous City. He known as her about 10 minutes earlier than the taking pictures.
Round 9:20 pm, she stated he confirmed her his new tattoo of the phrase “Sox” on one among his biceps through FaceTime chat. He instructed her he was going to get one other one performed that evening.
Valero and Abbott’s sister stated they consider Abbott was strolling to a comfort retailer at a close-by Chevron fuel station on Burnside when the taking pictures occurred.
A bartender on the Silver Greenback II sports activities bar on Northwest Fifth Avenue stated he heard the gunshots from throughout the road and dove for canopy earlier than summoning the bar’s patrons to get within the again kitchen for security. No less than two males had pulled weapons throughout the road.
After a gun-related arrest in spring, Abbott instructed court docket officers that he not too long ago misplaced individuals near him to violence and that he feared for his personal life within the metropolis, based on court docket data.
His fiancée and sister stated they knew Abbott carried a gun for defense, notably after a pal who was like a brother to him, Quayan Foster, 21, and Foster’s uncle, Andre Foster, 43, had been gunned down in a double murder on New 12 months’s Day on Northeast 131st Place.
Abbott was accused on March 5 unlawfully possessing a loaded gun in a automobile and possessing a loaded gun in public. He pleaded not responsible on March 7, and that day posted 10% of his $4,000 bail and was launched.
Abbott instructed court docket officers on the time that he give up college after tenth grade however needed to go to varsity for enterprise and to play basketball. He stated he was doing handyman-type jobs about 24 hours per week.
He had been concerned in Portland Youth Builders, the place he was generally known as “Ren” to employees and different teenagers. The group works to assist youngsters and younger adults full highschool or be taught a commerce. He hadn’t been concerned with Portland Youth Builders in current months, his sister and fiancée stated.
Abbott had talked about getting his highschool equivalency diploma at Portland Group Faculty, “however he by no means received to do it,” Valero stated.
He instructed court docket officers that he had been dwelling in a number of locations the previous yr. Valero stated he was dwelling along with her in Gresham most not too long ago.
In a Fb put up over the weekend, his father Lauren Abbot Sr. wrote: “RIL my candy child boy, first born, my namesake.”
“I do not perceive why this has occurred as a result of no one ought to ever should bury their baby, however I do know you are together with your grandparents which is the one consolation I’ve proper now,” Abbott Sr. wrote. “… I will at all times love you and a part of me will perpetually be misplaced over this.”
His father declined additional remark Monday.
Lauren Abbott Jr. had performed soccer for Franklin Excessive when he attended, his sister stated. He liked Disney characters and films, together with “Spiderman,” she stated.
“He was actually goofy and joked round quite a bit,” Aliah Abbott stated. Her final fond reminiscence of her brother is lighting off fireworks on July Fourth.
Valero had met Lauren Abbott Jr. about 5 years in the past they usually simply received engaged, she stated. She described him as very protecting of her.
Others shared messages on social media that they will miss Abbott’s chortle, his smile, his “superb humorousness and each loopy textual content” he would ship.
Valero wiped away tears as she sat beside the sidewalk memorial for the person she liked.
“It simply makes me really feel higher, being near the place he was final at,” she stated.
Pedestrians paused to have a look at the images of Abbott, which confirmed him smiling along with his sister and hugging and kissing his girlfriend.
“No extra our bodies ought to should drop earlier than individuals get up,” stated Bobby Airtale, 45, who stated he not too long ago received housing close by after dwelling on the road. “It looks as if violence breeds violence now.”
— Maxine Bernstein
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