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St. Johns fatal shooting victim identified

Police found the man dead in a home in the North Portland neighborhood of St. Johns on the morning of May 27.
Credit: KGW

PORTLAND, Ore. — The victim in last week's fatal shooting in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland has been identified as Charles M. Edwards, 62, of Portland, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

Officers responded to reports of a man dead in a home in the area of North Columbia Boulevard and North Bank Street around 6:03 a.m. May 27, according to an earlier news release. The victim was deceased when officers arrived.

The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was homicide by gunshot. Edwards' family has been notified of his death, police said on Thursday.

Credit: Family of Charles Edwards
Charles M. Edwards

Investigators said no arrests were made in the case, and no suspect information is available at this time. Police said more information will be released "when appropriate."

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Portland homicide detectives Tony Harris or Shayne Samora. Harris can be reached by calling 503-823-0441 or by emailing Tony.Harris@portlandoregon.gov. Samora can be reached by calling 503-823-0768 or by emailing Shayne.Samora@portlandoregon.gov. 

KGW has tracked at least 37 homicides in the city of Portland so far in 2022. 

Credit: KGW

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Portland is on pace to break the record for number of homicides for the second time in two years. In 2021, 90 people were killed across the city. That's up from 57 homicides in 2020, and a sharp increase from 36 homicides in 2019. According to data from the FBI, Portland saw an 83% increase in killings between 2019 and 2020. At the same time nationally, homicides increased nearly 30%. 

This is a developing story and may be updated with new information.

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