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Murders rock 'safest city' status in Beaverton

Two shooting deaths in two days near Beaverton follow last month's fatal stabbing in Cedar Hills


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Washington County Sheriffs deputies blocked off a section of Southwest Blanton Road east of 170th Avenue on Monday while investigators processed the scene of a fatal shooting that morning.Beaverton has ranked among the safest larger cities in the Pacific Northwest for quite a while, but recent killings in and near the city are putting a smudge on that stellar rating.

In the latest, detectives arrested a 21-year-old Beaverton man on Tuesday night for allegedly gunning down another young man on an Aloha street.

Roger Emir Gastemum-Medina is being held in the Monday morning shooting death of Yusef Sharif, also 21, according to a breaking report from KOIN 6 News, a Pamplin Media Group news partner.

Roger GastemumRoshawn Travers

Just 36 hours later, another altercation led to deadly violence on Saturday night, when a 19-year-old resident opened fire on two young men in the parking lot outside The Courts, a sports and event rental business at the intersection of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Millikan Way.

Both men were struck by multiple bullets, killing one, seriously injuring the other and landing the alleged shooter in jail on felony murder and assault charges.

And just last month, an 18-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly stabbing her 18-year-old pregnant roommate to death inside a Cedar Hills home they shared with others. That house sits just blocks outside of the Beaverton city limits.

Here is a quick look at the three recent Beaverton-area homicide cases:

Aloha shooting death

Deputies were called to the intersection of Southwest Blanton Street and Southwest 167th Avenue at 8:37 a.m. Monday, where they found a man later identified as Sharif with an apparent gunshot wound lying on Blanton.

The first deputy to arrive started lifesaving efforts, which Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel continued, but Sharif could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene, near Barsotti Park and Faith Bible Christian School.

KOIN reported that Gastemum-Medina pulled up in a vehicle and got out to confront and then shoot Sharif.

Police identified the alleged shooter on Monday and issued a warrant for Gastemum-Medina’s arrest.

The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force had identified and tracked Gastemum-Medina through Washington County, finally catching up to him as he walked down a street in Tigard at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, KOIN reported.

The suspect is lodged in the Washington County Jail.

Beaverton shooting death

Beaverton Police quickly arrested a suspect in the Saturday night shooting death of Andres Castorena, 23, of Beaverton.

They found Roshawn Travers, 19, nearby and took him into custody.

Travers is charged with murder and two counts of first-degree assault for shooting both Castorena and Fernando Chaires, also a 23-year-old Beaverton resident.

Chaires was seriously injured but survived, police said.

Before the shooting, Castorena and Chaires had pulled into The Courts for a quinceanera birthday party.

The two had a confrontation with Travers, who was walking through the area with another person from a nearby MAX light rail station, according to Officer Mike Rowe, a spokesman for the Beaverton Police Department.

Travers fired multiple times at the men. He told police he thought one of the men was reaching for something and pulled out his gun and fired multiple rounds after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, according to court documents.

The person with Travers was not involved in the shooting, Rowe said.

Travers, 19, is lodged in the Washington County Jail.

Cedar Hills stabbing death

Tannekqwa Thompson is accused of murder, manslaughter, assault and weapons charges in the May 16 stabbing death of her roommate, Charreen Standford, who was five months’ pregnant.

Thompson has pleaded not guilty on all counts and is tentatively set to go to trial next May. She has a pre-trial release hearing scheduled in September.

The two lived together at a residence in the 13400 block of Southwest Driftwood Place, a cul-de-sac of single-family homes between Southwest Jenkins and Walker roads, just north of Beaverton.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence that evening on a stabbing report.

Thompson already had fled the area on foot and family members had taken Stanford to an area hospital, where she later died.

Sheriff’s deputies and Beaverton police officers, including several K9 tracking dogs, found Thompson hiding in the neighborhood after searching for more than an hour.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray said there was some sort of confrontation between the young women prior to the stabbing.

Thompson remains lodged in the Washington County Jail.

News partner KOIN 6 contributed to this report.