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Woman charged with murder in Portland street shooting

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was arrested and faces a murder charge in the shooting and killing of a 28-year-old on a downtown sidewalk late Monday night.

David Eugene Pierce, who identified as a woman and was known as Gigi, was found lying on the sidewalk on SW 2nd Avenue between Ash and Ankeny streets just after 11 p.m. Two employees from a nearby bar told KOIN 6 News they heard shots in the area and when they looked outside they saw one person in custody.

Officers and first responders tried unsuccessfully to revive Gigi on the sidewalk. She was from Boise, Idaho.

The suspect, 33-year-old Sophia Adler, was arrested at the scene. 

‘She was a wonderful lady’

Patricia Hart and Andy Cagle were friends of Gigi, who was shot to death on a SW Portland street, May 22, 2018 (KOIN)

Patricia Hart said Gigi was homeless but always trying to help others in the area, including the suspect. Hart said Gigi was trying to get Adler off drugs, but Adler got the idea the victim was responsible for her kids being taken away.

Another friend, Andy Cagle, said Adler blamed Gigi for losing her children, “but it was just a rumor.”

Gigi “was transgender but she was a wonderful lady,” Hart said. “She’d give you the shirt off her back and feed you if she could. She spent $90 and fed all the women in the shelter.”

Cagle said he thought Gigi’s real talent was people. “She’d talk to anybody. She’s going to be missed.”

Hart said she came to love Gigi. “She’s wonderful. She didn’t deserve to have this happen.”

Sophia Adler, 33, was arrested by Portland Police after a woman was killed in Downtown Portland on May 21. (Courtesy: PPB)

Earlier in the night, Hart said she and Gigi were sitting together. After she went to bed, she said she heard a gunshot.

“Then I come out this morning and they all tell me to sit down, to tell me that we lost her, that she was shot in the chest and died,” Hart said. “I’m devastated. I’m heart broke.”

Anyone who was information or video surveillance in the area should contact the Detective Division’s Homicide Detail at 503.823.0479.

KOIN 6 News reporter Trevor Ault contributed to this report

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