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PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — In life, Jenny Garcia and Charlie Lopez were sweethearts.
Now their memorials stand silent watch outside Khunamokwst Park in Portland’s Cully neighborhood.
Police say Jennifer Garcia, 21, died at the scene of the 10 p.m. shooting on Monday, March 1, in the 5200 block of Northeast Alberta Street.
Charlie Borbon-Lopez, 20, died later after being transported to the hospital.
Borbon-Lopez’s memorial included a miniature skateboard and stuffed elephant, while Garcia’s was wreathed with flowers and candles.
The state Medical Examiner determined both of the victims died of gunshots wounds. Detectives are now investigating the incident as a double homicide.
Garcia attended Evergreen High School and originally hailed from Los Angeles, according to her social media account. Borbon-Lopez lived in Southeast Portland, records show.
Garcia’s family is raising money for funeral expenses through GoFundMe.
A fundraiser created by Borbon-Lopez’s sister Keila described the young man as “an amazing friend, brother, uncle and son.”
“If you knew Charlie you knew his smile lit up the whole room,” the fundraiser said. “We already miss it so much and can’t even begin to fathom the reality of this.”
Angel Garcia said his daughter’s death was an “absolute worst nightmare for a father.”
“My soul has been shattered without repair. I will lay my Queen to rest with the honor she most definitely deserves!” he said on GoFundMe.
No suspect information has been released.