Oregon flags at half-staff after school shootings

Oregon flags at half-staff after school shootings

Oregon flags at half-staff after school shootings

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 5:50 PM

PORTLAND -- Flags at Oregon's public institutions will be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor the two young men killed in separate school shootings less than a week apart.

Seattle Pacific University student Paul Lee, 19, from Portland, was shot and killed at the school on Thursday, June 5.

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The following Tuesday, 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman was killed when a gunman opened fire at Troutdale's Reynolds High School.

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"In one week we lost two young Oregonians to shootings," Gov. John Kitzhaber said Monday. "We’ve learned this week that Emilio Hoffman and Paul Lee both liked to make people smile, had kind hearts and were embarking on opportunities at new schools. I am devastated to know their potential and dreams were cut short by senseless acts of violence."

Flags will be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset to honor the men, as well as others hurt in the shootings and the community members impacted by the two incidents.

"To the family and friends of Emilio and Paul, their school communities, and emergency responders, we stand with you," he said.

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