Estacada market reopens after grisly Mother's Day stabbing

Estacada Market reopens after gruesome crime

ESTACADA, Ore. -- The supermarket caught up in a gruesome crime spree in Estacada is back open.

Bouquets of flowers and cards sit at the front of the Estacada Thriftway, which reopened Tuesday, just 48 hours after beloved employee Michael Wagner was stabbed inside.

"I saw the store was open and I needed to just come in and feel like normalcy can come back," said neighbor Rhonda Durham. "The store is full of wonderful people and we support our local Thriftway and we love Mike."

At the time of the Mother's Day attack, the suspect, Joshua Webb, was carrying the severed head of his own mother, Tina. Detectives say Webb killed her at the family home in nearby Colton before heading to the supermarket.

BACKGROUND: Man carrying mother's severed head stabs Estacada store worker

Durham, who lives nearby and is a friend of the family, said Tina was a lovely lady who enjoyed gardening and would donate her own flowers to spruce up the local cemetery and schoolhouse.

"Great lady. Gave of herself," Durham said. "I have irises in my garden and hostas that she's given me that I'm going to treasure now forever. They'll come back every year and that's cool."

Joshua Webb made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. He's charged with murder, attempted murder, abuse of a corpse and aggravated animal abuse for allegedly killing the family dog.

"He was a friend, he was an honest person. Everything good about humanity, he had in him," said Curtis Strandy, who has been friends with Joshua Webb for two decades.

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Strandy went to court to support his friend. He said Webb didn't have mental health issues or do drugs. The two spoke as recently as late last week.

"I wish I would have been there or called him that day to help him when he needed me," Strandy said.

Strandy can't help but wonder if it would have prevented a violent crime spree that stretched from a family home in Colton to a supermarket in Estacada.

"Everybody knows everybody, We're all very connected to everybody involved in this terrible tragedy, and it's really tough," Durham said.

The harvest market store has set up a donation account on behalf of the employee who was injured, Mike Wagner. You can donate at the store or at any U.S. Bank branch.

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