Police: Woman killed by gunfire in early stages of pregnancy
PORTLAND, Ore. - Police say a 21-year-old woman who was killed by gunfire over the weekend was in the early stages of pregnancy.
Police say they found Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring dead from an apparent gunshot wound Sunday at around 5 a.m. at the Eastwood Village Apartments on Southeast Powell Boulevard.
Herring had a 1-year-old son. He wasn't home at the time of the shooting.
Neighbors say several men with guns started shooting through the walls of the apartment, apparently targeting the young mother's boyfriend, not knowing he wasn't even there. They say they heard at least seven gunshots. Herring was sleeping inside the apartment.
Police say the shooting was likely gang-related. They say the apartment was likely the intended target.
Police say the only information they have about the suspects is that they were African American males armed with guns.
Police say they don't have suspect descriptions because no one's talking.
Community leaders say Herring's young son deserves justice.
"It's a community opportunity to say we are here, we are stepping up to support you, and this senseless act was not in vain," said Antoinette Edwards, with the Office of Youth Violence Prevention. "It's a responsibility that we all get to share in in supporting this family and this young man -- and to break that cycle."
A community meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. Community members were gathering at that time to mourn the loss of Herring and to say "enough is enough" to the violence.
NBA basketball player Terrence Jones, who grew up in Portland, donated money Monday afternoon to Herring's family. It's not clear what connection Jones has to the family. There will be a fundraising event Tuesday night at the Billy Webb Elks Lodge in North Portland.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
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