Motive unknown in double homicide
Adrien Wallace remains in jail on charges of aggravated murder
Investigators Wednesday were still trying to figure out why a Lake Oswego man apparently shot and killed his mother and nephew Monday evening.
The shooting took place in daylight as Saundra Sue Wallace, 71, and Nicolas Brian Juarez, 16, attempted to leave a home in the 18000 block of Indian Springs Circle. The teenager was in town from Mountain View, Calif., visiting his grandmother.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Phillips said Adrien Graham Wallace, 41, was taken into custody without incident Monday at about 6:30 p.m. by deputies responding to reports of gunshots in the neighborhood, just outside of city limits near Childs Road.
According to a document filed at the county jail, Wallace confessed to shooting his family members "in the face" with a hunting rifle. He's being held in Clackamas County Jail on two counts of aggravated murder.
'The motive remains unclear at this time,' Phillips said.
Wallace is unemployed and lived at the house with his mother. Phillips said sheriff's deputies had never before been called to the home, and Wallace didn't appear to have any 'significant' criminal history.
Phillips added that a pet Welsh corgi that ran away from the house during the Monday incident walked back on its own and was being cared for.
About 40 law enforcement officers responded to the incident, including Lake Oswego police, Oregon State Police, Clackamas County deputies and personnel from the state medical examiner's office. Investigators worked at the house until Tuesday at about 4:30 a.m.
'It's going to be a complex investigation; it's going to require a lot of footwork by the detectives involved,' Phillips said. 'We're looking for anybody with first-hand knowledge of the incident and anything directly leading up to it.'
He said anyone with information should call 503-723-4949.
According to KOIN Local 6, a news partner of the Review, the Jaurez and Wallace families issued the following joint statement Tuesday evening:
"We are devastated at the tragic, senseless loss of our beloved son, Nicolas (Nick) Juarez, and our mother, Saundra (Sue) Wallace.
'Nick was the light of all of our lives: a young man of strong faith who loved life and his family. Nick was deeply loved by his parents, Martin and Tamara Juarez, his younger sister, Sonia, and his entire extended family, schoolmates, bandmates and fellow soccer players. Nick was a gifted musician who played drums with the St. Francis High School marching and jazz bands and the youth ministry at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship. He also excelled at academics and soccer, where he played defense. Nick especially loved to talk and connect with people of all ages and backgrounds.
'Sue Wallace was a beloved mother and grandmother who doted on her grandchildren, whom she loved spending all of her spare time with. Taking day trips and walking her corgi were among her favorite activities with her friends and family. Sue was a gifted seamstress and master gardener. Before retiring to the Portland area, Sue worked for many years as a social worker in the San Bernardino area, where she still has many dear friends.
'Funeral arrangements for both Nick and Sue are pending."