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Citys homicide toll reaches 16

Three die in weekend incidents; two others shot while walking

The city's homicide toll has jumped from 13 to 16 in a span of two days.

Police on Monday were investigating two fatal incidents in Southeast Portland, a homicide in Northeast Portland and a double shooting in North Portland.

Just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police found the body of 24-year-old Robert Lee Thompson Jr. in the driver's seat of a late-model Chevrolet Impala that crashed off Interstate 205 in Southeast Portland. An autopsy determined that he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say the car probably was traveling southbound on Interstate 205 near Southeast Stark Street at a high speed until it left the roadway at Southeast Powell Boulevard. The car went up and down an embankment and crashed into a fence and exercise path.

Police haven't said whether the shooting might be gang-related.

About 4 p.m. Saturday, police say two men were shot while walking near the corner of North Mississippi Avenue and Shaver Street. The victims, 25-year-old Curtis Brown and 32-year-old George Archer, were recovering from injuries Monday morning. Police haven't released any other information.

On Saturday night, police were called to 10255 S.E. Mitchell St. just before 6:30 p.m. and found Michael McGavock, 32, in possession of a weapon. Police used a Taser gun to take McGavock into custody and arrested him in connection with the death of 28-year-old Latonia McPherson, whom they found inside with stab wounds.

Police said five children Ñ ranging in age from twin toddlers to a 13-year-old Ñ lived with McGavock and McPherson and are now in protective custody. McGavock was scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Monday morning.

If McGavock is convicted, the case would be the city's fourth homicide related to domestic violence this year.

At 5:45 p.m. Sunday, police discovered the body of 40-year-old Jay M. Krawsky in his apartment in the 4600 block of Northeast 62nd Avenue. An autopsy determined he died of head injuries.

Detectives from another jurisdiction on Monday arrested 26-year-old Ronnie Lee McLean on a murder charge.

Anyone with information in the cases is asked to call detectives, 503-823-4000.

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