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News Release
Rhone Spears
Rhone Spears
UPDATE: Death Resulting from Stabbing Incident-Deceased Identified (Photo) - 07/30/20

Homicide Detectives are seeking witness accounts of an incident that turned deadly on Tuesday night.

A group of people met for a vigil near the 15800 block of Southeast Division related to a recent shooting resulting in Tyrell Penney's death. Some members of the group returned to a residence in the 100 block of Northeast 92nd Place to continue the vigil.

Approximately 20-30 people were in the residence when a large disturbance occurred involving multiple participants. During the disturbance, two subjects were stabbed. Officers and medical personnel attempted life saving measures, but one subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. Homicide Detectives were summoned to assist.

Officers and Detectives encountered hostility and a lack of cooperation during their attempts to conduct this investigation. There are believed to be multiple witnesses and investigators are hoping to learn more about what transpired.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause and manner of death to be homicide by stabbing. The deceased has been identified as Aja Rhone-Spears, born 03/09/86.
Family of the deceased has been notified and provided the attached photograph.

If anyone has information about this incident and has not been contacted by investigators, they are encouraged to contact Detective Brad Clifton at 503.823.0696, Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Mike Greenlee at 503.823.0871, Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov

This is the 15th homicide since July 1st, which is the most in one month in over 30 years. This was the second homicide in one night and there were also demonstrations, multiple shootings, and other calls for service occurring throughout the City.

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On July 28, 2020 at approximately 10:39 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 100 block of Northeast 92nd Place on reports of a disturbance. When officers arrived at the location they found multiple victims with knife wounds.

Officers have secured a crime scene and the Portland Police Bureau's detective division is responding to assist in the investigation.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

If anyone has information about this incident and has not been contacted by investigators, they are encouraged to contact Detective Brad Clifton at 503.823.0696, Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Mike Greenlee at 503.823.0871, Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov

An update will be provided if appropriate for the investigation.

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Attached Media Files: Rhone Spears
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