PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Nearly eight months since a triple homicide rocked North Portland and with no suspects in custody, the FBI is now offering a reward in an attempt to close the case.
On March 25, 2023, 17-year-old Eskender Tamra, 19-year-old Babu Daudi, and 20-year-old Patrick Johnson were gunned down in a car near University Park.
According to new information from the FBI, they are looking for three people who they said fired numerous shots at the car and victims which resulted in their deaths, and that the attack was targeted.
“Two of these victims were high school students,” Kieran L. Ramsey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Portland Field Office, said. “This is unacceptable, for this community, for this city, for this family. We need people to start stepping forward and doing the right thing and we have 25,000 reasons why they should.”
The FBI announced Thursday that there is now a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the ones responsible for the murders.
“Even as the victims tried to drive away, the suspects chased them and continued shooting in broad daylight. From inside their homes, neighbors heard dozens of gunshots ring out and found shell casings in their yards,” Ramsey said. “We know there are people out there who know who did this. The shooters brought terror to this neighborhood and ripped apart three families. For this community and these families, we are asking for the public to come forward with any information.”
It’s been nearly eight months since the young men were found in a car at an intersection off North Foss Avenue and Foss Court, but police say the shooters were gone by the time they arrived and there have been no arrests since.
The FBI did not offer a possible motive due to the ongoing investigation, though they say the students were likely targeted by three individuals.
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At a press conference Thursday morning, Eskender Tamra’s sister spoke and asked the public to come forward with any information that can help put this case to rest.
“I’m very confident that somebody out there knows something, so please do the right thing,” she said. “Give my family the peace we deserve because this is like an open wound for us. We don’t have answers.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portland FBI Field Office.
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