2 killed in Portland shooting were tied to Wu-Tang Clan

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Cousins David Turner, 45, and Odion Turner, 50, were killed Tuesday morning

Editor’s note: Police later corrected Odion Turner’s age to 50. This article has been updated with that information.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police released the names of the two people shot and killed in Portland’s Madison South neighborhood on Tuesday morning.

David Turner, 45, and Odion Turner, 50, died after shots rang out around 5:15 a.m. on NE Milton Street between NE 82nd Avenue and NE 84th Avenue, the Portland Police Bureau said. An autopsy confirmed the victims — who were cousins — died of gunshot wounds and their deaths were ruled as homicides.

Relatives on social media identified the men as rap music artists tied to the multiplatinum group Wu-Tang Clan — 12 O’Clock and Murdock of the Brooklyn Zu — The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. 

Three other victims were taken to a hospital by ambulance. Police said a fourth gunshot victim was taken to a hospital by private vehicle on Tuesday morning.

No other details are available at this time.

Young Dirty Bastard, the son of the late Wu-Tang rap legend Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in a post to Instagram on Tuesday, wrote of his cousins, “Rip 12 O’Clock. Rip Murdock. They Were My Fathers Tightest blood bonds. My Two Older cousins Was just assassinated. Love Yalll. Blood Forever. Brooklyn Zu.”

Their deaths marked the 57th and 58th homicides this year in Portland, which is more homicides than Portland recorded in all of 2020, police said.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 News they’re concerned about rising crime and an increase in homelessness in the area, among other issues. They said part of what’s making them feel less safe in their neighborhood is an increase in people openly using drugs.

Michael Parillo said his neighborhood has seen a heavy increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness. He said officials have “sweeped it before and everyone disappeared. Next thing you know, they’re back with RVs, tenfold. I can see more of them walking up and down the streets.”

“I want to see the city actually take responsibility,” said Gaura Allen. “I don’t know if it’s going to be through doing things like changing traffic rules to make it more difficult to camp.”

KOIN 6 has reached out to Portland city commissioners as well as Mayor Ted Wheeler for a comment. According to the council clerk, commissioners Hardesty, Mapps, Ryan, Rubio and Mayor Wheeler are all out of office.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Stephen Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeffery Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.0433.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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