PORTLAND - A body found last week by police on Rocky Butte is that of murdered Portland teenager Yashanee Vaughn.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner made a positive identification of the 14-year-old by DNA testing. Investigators determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.
A vigil was held near Rocky Butte on Tuesday evening, marking four months to the day that Yashanee was last seen.
Vaughn disappeared in Northeast Portland on March 19 and was reported missing by her mother two days later.
Detectives arrested suspect 16-year-old Parrish Bennette, who led police to where the body was, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney. The District Attorney said no sentencing deal was made for the information that led to the remains on a steep hill off the roadway.
This is the biggest part that I wanted, is to find my daughter and I got her, Vaughn's mother Shaquita Louis said Tuesday. But we're still far from over with this.
Prosecutors believe Bennette shot Vaughn twice at his home and covered up the crime scene, where her blood showed up in forensic testing. A gun used in the crime was later handed off to Bennette's friends, police believe.
Family members said they know Bennette did not act alone, speaking before a vigil 6 p.m. Tuesday at NE 92nd and Rocky Butte Road.
The family announced a public funeral on July 30 at City Bible Church Rocky Butte Campus 9200 N.E. Fremont.
Although the news was expected it didn t make it any easier to hear the words from investigators of confirmation, Reynelda Hayes, Yashanee s grandmother said. We hope her memory will bring together the community for prayer and peace for all of our children.