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FBI offering reward for info in year-old Portland slaying

Wess Haubrich

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Evelin Navarro-BarajasPortland Police Bureau

$15k is being offered for info in the shooting death of 23-year-old Evelin Navarro-Barajas

The FBI has announced a reward of $15 thousand for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of perpetrators in the June 2020 shooting death of 23-year-old Evelin Navarro-Barajas in northeast Portland. $2500 is also being offered for info by the local Crimestoppers organization.

On June 18 of last year, Navarro-Barajas spent the afternoon at the Columbia River. She and some friends gathered in a group that included children later that evening in the 6700 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street.

Just before midnight, a car containing unknown persons stopped at the parking lot near the group. A suspect or suspects got out of the vehicle and began firing into the crowd.

Navarro-Barajas died the next day from multiple gunshot wounds. A friend was also shot but survived. It is unclear who was the exact target of the assailant(s). Unspecified evidence that the shooting was gang-related does exist, though investigators are keeping tight-lipped about its exact nature. Neither Navarro-Barajas nor her friend were gang-affiliated.

The $15k reward is being offered as part of the Metro Streets Safe Task Force – an effort to stem local violence by getting illegal guns off the city’s streets.

If you have any information about the Navarro-Barajas homicide or any other homicide, the FBI in Portland asks that you call them at (503) 224-4181 or 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also leave your tip at http://www.tips.fbi.gov. You can also submit a tip via the local Crimestoppers at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com.

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