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Mystery remains for man found dead on old Marshall campus


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been 10 days since 30-year-old Barak Rosen was found shot to death at the temporary Grant High School site — and police are still searching for answers.

Barak was found early Sunday morning, June 17, with multiple gunshot wounds. An autopsy determined that the wounds were evidence of “homicidal violence.”

Barak Rosen, 30, was found dead at a temporary Grant HS site in SE Portland on June 18, 2018 from multiple homcidal gunshot wounds. (Courtesy: PPB)

Barak moved to Portland from Southern California in December 2017. According to his family, he was looking for new opportunities and loved the outdoors, and activities like mountain biking and hiking.

He was living near Southeast 88th and Cora — which is only down the street from the temporary Grant High School track and the old Marshall High School campus where he was found dead on Father’s Day morning.

Police said there were reports of gunfire on Saturday night, and according to investigators, it could be connected to Barak’s death. There are still no suspects, so police hope someone has information about people who were in the area at that time or may have even seen Barak.

The track at the temporary Grant High School site where Barak Rosen, 30, was found shot to death on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (KOIN)

“Detectives are still reaching out to the community asking for any witnesses or people who might have heard anything or have video surveillance footage,” Sgt. Chris Burley said. “Not just the area at Grant’s temporary site, but roadways around the area, businesses that may even be several blocks away. Asking for any information that might help in identifying people coming and going from that area on Saturday into Sunday late morning” 

Despite leaving home, Barak remained close with his family. They traveled to Portland from California on June 19 to make a desperate plea for information.

His father, Jerry, described the crime as “senseless” — saying his son was a good guy who didn’t deserve this.

“Please help us find a killer,” Jerry said. “To me [this was] a cowardly act, and he was the nicest guy. He didn’t deserve this.”

Crime Stoppers is offering an award of $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. You can submit a tip here or call 503.823.4357.

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