Shooting victim related to missing girl
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Marcus Miller, killed Saturday morning, was father of Yashanee Vaughn's brother
The family of Yashanee Vaughn has suffered another tragedy.
Prosecutors say the 14-year-old girl was murdered on March 19, although her body has not yet been found.
Now the father of Vaughn's brother has been killed. Marcus Deangelo Miller, 40, was shot to death early Saturday morning in Northeast Portland.
Miller is the father of Damajio Lewis, 19. He and Vaughn have the same mother, Shaquita Lewis.
'The family is going through more than any family should have to,' says Michelle A. Bart, a family spokesperson.
The Vaughn family and supporters plan a vigil marking the three-month anniversary of Yashanee's disappearance at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in the parking lot of the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center, 1401 N.E. 68th Ave.
Parrish Bennette, 16, has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with Vaughn's death. Her family describes him as friend. The two were seen together in the hours before Vaughn disappeared.
Prosecutors believe Bennette killed Vaughn at his father's Northeast Portland home, but have not released any details.
Miller died in one of three early Saturday morning shootings. Police found his body at about 3:50 a.m. in the area of Northeast Rosa Parks Way and 13th Avenue. An autopsy completed by the state medical examiner on Sunday concluded that he died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds.
Police say Miller, a Northeast Portland resident, had gang ties in the past, but they do not know if his death was related to gang activity.
In the first shooting incident, Grace Anne Essy, 32, was wounded multiple times in her left leg as she stood in the parking lot outside the 82nd Avenue Bar and Grill. Police found the Northeast Portland resident when they responded to a report of shots fired near the bar at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Raymond, at 12:55 a.m. She was treated at a local hospital and released.
Police do not believe Essy was the intended target, noting there were gang associates in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.
In the second incident, Gabino Besarra Acosta, 20, was shot in the face and shoulder in the area of North Fessenden Street and Geneva Street. Police found Acosta when they responded to a report of shots fired in the area around 2:08 a.m. He was treated at an area hospital and released.
Investigators have learned that Acosta and a friend were walking through Northgate Park when they were confronted by two teenage black males. The four exchanged words and one of the black males pointed a gun at Acosta and shot at him multiple times, according to police.
The shooting suspect is described as a light-skinned, 5-foot-10 with a thin build. The person accompanying the shooting suspect is described as a dark-skinned black young man, 5-foot-8 with a thin build.
No one has been arrested in the Saturday shooting incidents.