Police stumped after boy found dead in parked car of multiple gunshot wounds
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland police say the 16-year-old boy found dead inside a parked car in Northeast Portland on Monday morning died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Police identified the boy as Lazaro Lizandro Fuentes-Burgos of Southeast Portland.
The state medical examiner performed an autopsy Tuesday and determined Fuentes-Burgos was shot multiple times.
"It's unsettling. It's like a member of your family. It's terrible," Andrew Long told KATU. Long is the principal at Ron Russell Middle School where the teen finished his eighth-grade year in 2012.
"What I remember about Lazaro is the beginning of the day coming through the front door, big kid but had a big smile on his face saying, 'Hey Mr. Long!'" Long told KATU. Long went on to say, "He was always smiling."
Fuentes-Burgos has no known gang or drug ties, police said. Investigators do not have a motive for the shooting or any suspect information.
Police ruled the death a homicide on Monday. They are asking for the public's help with the investigation.
Neighbors found Fuentes-Burgos inside a red 1994 Nissan Sentra near Northeast 59th Avenue and Killingsworth around 3 a.m. Monday, according to police. He was shot while he sat in the driver's seat of the car.
Law enforcement sources said the boy was shot at close range. The sources said investigators are trying to figure out why the boy was in Northeast Portland at such an early hour, especially since he lived in the Lents Neighborhood in Southeast Portland.
The car belongs to a family member and it was not unusual for the boy to use it, the sources said.
Neighbors told KATU News the car was parked in a back alley, which is off the main road. The alley only accesses a few homes. So someone would have to know the area to go down the road.
Neighbors told police they heard possible gunshots at about 1:40 a.m. They did not call police at that time. Police were notified about an hour later.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case, and tipsters can remain anonymous.
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