Tigard murder victim remembered as compassionate, hard-working

Abdul Jamil Kamawal, courtesy Washington County

A 68-year-old Tigard man who was found dead outside his house Wednesday afternoon is being remembered as a caring co-worker and compassionate former citizen of Afghanistan.

Abdul Jamil Kamawal worked for 22 years as a survey technician at Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation until his retirement in 2007.

"Employees are speaking about how kind Jamil was; former co-workers have said that working with Jamil made them better, kinder people," a news release from Washington County said.

Kamawal, an American citizen, would often go back to Afghanistan to help rebuild his home village of Kama. He also established two nonprofit organizations, the Afghan Aid Association and the Oregon-based Kama Relief Corp., both dedicated to rebuilding lives and communities in Afghanistan.

Kamawal was killed Wednesday; deputies responded to his SW Cedarcrest Street home where they found him hidden under straw. A suspect in his death, 27-year-old Michael Troxell, was arrested shortly after and charged with murder.

Troxell appeared stoic Thursday as he faced a judge in a Washington County courtroom. According to the charging documents, Troxell is accused of intentionally causing the death of Kamawal.

He said very little in court other than "yes your honor" after being asked if he understood why he was there.

Troxell is due back in court Feb. 18. He's being held without bail.

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