Sherwood mother charged with strangling daughter, 11

Cecilia Buckley, 11, is Sherwood's first homicide victim in 10 years

Sherwood Mayor Keith Mays asked for a moment of silence in honor of Cecilia Buckley at the city council meeting Tuesday evening.

'We lost a sweet little girl in our community last Thursday,' said Mays.

Earlier that day, an arrest warrant was issued for Kristina Buckley, a 38-year-old Sherwood woman, charging her with the strangulation of her 11-year-old daughter last week.

The warrant charged Buckley with the death of her daughter, Cecilia, who both lived in the 17600 block of Galewood Drive, according to Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth.

'She hasn't been arrested (yet),' said Groth, adding that he couldn't speculate when that will happen. As of press time, Kristina Buckley remains hospitalized due to self-inflicted wounds.

On June 2, police and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews responded to a report of an injured child. Once there, Cecilia Buckley was found and transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team, which is overseen by the Washington County District Attorney's Office, is investigating the case, which is standard procedure for suspicious deaths and homicides, according to Sherwood police.

Sherwood police investigators, as well as six other Washington County police agencies are participating in the ongoing investigation.

Out of respect for the family, police withheld naming the victim until Tuesday.

'This is a very tragic event and the family deserves to have their moment of privacy to appropriately grieve, and at this time I believe that outweighs the public's need to know,' Groth said Friday.

On Monday, Cecilia Buckley's uncle, Omar N'Gadi, remembered Cecilia telling Fox 12 she was an overachiever, honor student, dancer and Girl Scout.

Cecilia was a student at Veritas School, a private, classic Christian K-12 in Newberg, sources confirmed.

Neighbors said the incident was unexpected in the suburban neighborhood that is normally quiet.

'This is a family-oriented neighborhood - I mean, everybody knows everybody,' said Chris Terjeson, who lives in the area. 'So, it's pretty shocking.'

Homicides in Sherwood are rare, the last occurring in August 2001 when police were called to a home at Saint Charles Way on an apparent murder-suicide. There, they found Michael Boyd Rush, 41, and his son, Christopher Wayne Rush, 22, dead.

Police said at the time they believed Michael Rush shot his son first and then turned the gun on himself.

Prior to that, the last reported murder in Sherwood occurred on Sept. 20, 1990, when a teller at the city's local Key Bank was shot and killed during a robbery.

Ray Pitz, a reporter with Pamplin Media Group, and Fox Channel 12, a news partner with Community Newspapers, contributed to this report.