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Police identify man stabbed and killed in NE Portland

Officers found Justin Dale Valdivia dead inside a home near Northeast Rodney Avenue and Northeast Sacramento Street early Thursday morning.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police have released the name of a man who was stabbed and killed at a home in Northeast Portland early Thursday morning, police said.

Officers responded at 1:32 a.m. to a report of "suspicious circumstances involving a weapon" at a home near Northeast Rodney Avenue and Northeast Sacramento Street. Police arrived and found the man, identified as 46-year-old Justin Dale Valdivia, dead inside the home. 

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined tat Valdivia died from a stab wound. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Police have not said what led up to the deadly stabbing. Everyone involved in the incident remained at the scene and police are not looking for any suspects.

Northeast Rodney Avenue was closed between Northeast Sacramento Street and Northeast Russell Street.

Credit: PPB

This is at least the second deadly stabbing in Northeast Portland this month. About a mile away, a man was found dead in a driveway after a stabbing near Northeast 18th Avenue and Northeast Tillamook Street on Monday, Sept. 12. 

Portland has been facing an ongoing increase in shootings and gun violence. Between January to July of 2022, PPB responded to 788 shootings. That's compared to 721 shootings during the same time frame in 2021, 373 in 2020 and 233 in 2019.

Portland saw a record-breaking 90 homicides in 2021. Of that number, 68 people died in shootings. There have been at least 58 homicides in the city so far this year.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is investigating Thursday's deadly stabbing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Michael Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0991, or Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0762. 

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