Head of city gang task force was 38

Rob Ingram, director of Portland's Office of Youth Violence Prevention, died suddenly Sunday of a heart attack. He was 38.

Ingram worked for years to reduce gang problems around the city in the Office of Youth Violence Prevention and as chairman of the Gang Violence Task Force. He believed community-based programs and activities for at-risk youth were some of the best ways to keep kids out of gangs.

Ingram is survived by his wife, Dana, and their five children.

He was also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia NW African American Advisory Board, the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals and numerous other community organizations.

His sudden death hit those who knew him 'incredibly hard,' said Bishop Steven Holt, senior pastor at The International Fellowship Family, where Ingram had worshiped for the past seven years.

'Rob loved his Lord and savior, he loved his wife and family, and was committed to making a difference in this city,' Holt told Fox 12.

Mayor Sam Adams posted a statement about Ingram on his Twitter account expressing sorrow at Ingram's passing.

'Today, sadly, we lost a friend and public servant, Rob Ingram, who was passionately dedicated to the success of all Portlanders especially our youth of color. Rob was a man of wit and wisdom and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his spouse Dana and his entire family,' Adams wrote.

The Portland Police Bureau also posted a statement on its Facebook page, saying Ingram would be 'greatly missed.'

'Rob was a close partner of the Portland Police Bureau in the effort to reduce gang violence,' according to the bureau's statement.

Fox 12 contributed to this news story.

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