Man murdered on Marshall Campus track

Family and police are still puzzling about this outer East Portland shooting at the temporary Grant High School site in Lents …

After a man is found shot to death on Marshall Campus, police close off streets around the school as the investigation begins.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

So much is unknown about the death of 30-year-old Barak Rosen, found shot to death on the track, across from the grandstands. He was probably killed at about 11:30 p.m. on June 16; it is not known why he was at the track, and with whom.

The exact time of the homicide hasn’t been determined; 9-1-1 Center dispatchers sent Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers out on a “Shots Fired” fall at 11:29 p.m. that evening; they responded to the 4200 block of SE 87th Avenue.

That city block doesn’t exist; maps place the dispatched location near the theater complex behind Eastport Plaza – several hundred feet west of the Marshall Campus track, which is being used this year by Grant High School, while Grant is being remodeled.

An ambulance waits near the school track, but is no longer needed after a representative of the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office arrives.

“On June 17 at 4:42 a.m., officers responded to the temporary Grant site, at 3905 SE 91st Avenue, on a report of a deceased man on the track with an apparent gunshot wound,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

Officers and medical personnel determined that the man, later identified as Barak Rosen, was in-fact, dead, Burley said. “The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy, and determined Rosen died of homicidal violence as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.”

The body of Barak Rosen is found here, on the track, near the grandstands.

During the investigation at the crime scene, Burley observed, investigators did locate evidence of gunfire. “There is no suspect information, and no known reason why Rosen would become a victim of violence,” Burley said.

After officials have cleared the area, a neighbor looks at something left behind, near the track.

Not long after being notified of their son’s death, Jerry Rosen, his wife Z’ava, and daughter Danya, traveled to Portland from California and appeared at a PPB press conference.

Family members said Rosen had recently relocated to Portland to start a new job. “He was an avid hiker, and mountain biker – he enjoyed being outdoors, and was enjoying his new opportunity here in Portland,” said his sister, Danya.

“The person who committed this crime is a coward,” declared the murdered man’s dad, Jerry Rosen. “We feel horrible, we’re grieving, and are on pins and needles; it’s important for us to know that our son is getting justice.

“We love our son very much and we want everyone in the community to know that,” Jerry said, adding. “Please help us find the killer.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to help apprehend the killer of Barak Rosen.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime – including this one – and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Submit online at the Crime Stoppers webpage: CLICK HERE, or call 503-823-HELP (4357).

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