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Slain girl remembered as beautiful, outgoing and nuturing person

Kayla Hendrickson, also known as Kayla Blake, attended Sherwood schools


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - HOMICIDE VICTIM -- Kayla Hendrickson, 16, a Beaverton resident, was found slain along Highway 6 near Tillamook on Jan. 18.A memorial service for a former Sherwood resident who was found dead along a coastal highway Jan. 18 was held on Jan. 26.

The service for Kayla Ann Hendrickson, 16, was set for Attrell’s Newberg Funeral Chapel after the Gazette’s press time.

Hendrickson, whose body was found along Highway 6 about 18 miles east of Tillamook, attended Sherwood Middle School, Laurel Ridge Middle School and Sherwood High School, according to district officials. She left the district after her freshman year at Sherwood High School.

A multi-agency ongoing investigation determined Hendrickson, who was also known as Kayla Blake, after her stepfather’s surname, was the victim of homicidal violence and died from gunshot wounds.

Authorities with the Tillamook County and Humboldt County, Calif., sheriff’s offices confirmed Newport resident Jacob Allen Green, 24, as the only suspect in Hendrickson’s death. Green, who apparently knew the victim, reportedly shot himself and died Jan. 19 in Humboldt County in Northern California, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, an Oregon State Police spokesman.

A multi-jurisdictional team of law enforcement agencies from Oregon and California are involved in the investigation, which began around 10:14 p.m. on Friday. A witness reported a full-size pickup truck — described as an unknown model from the late 1980s to early 1990s — stopped on the north side shoulder of Highway 6, in the westbound lane between mileposts 18 and 19.

The witness said he saw a man and a woman along the highway near the stopped pickup.

About 25 minutes later, the witness contacted a Tillamook police officer, advising him of the suspicious circumstances on Highway 6, about two miles east of Jordan Creek Road. A responding Oregon State Police trooper responded and found a deceased female, later positively identified as Hendrickson, along the highway, Hastings said.

The investigation led to Highway 6 being closed to traffic for several hours as the suspect was sought. Based on the vehicle description, investigators found Green deceased the next day in Humboldt County.

Hendrickson, who Oregon State Police listed as a Beaverton resident, was not currently enrolled in the Beaverton School District, but may have attended Sunset High School in 2011 and part of 2012, Hastings reported. Family sources said Hendrickson recently received her general equivalency diploma and had plans to enroll in college this spring. She also used her stepfather’s last name, which is why many may have known her as Kayla Blake.

A statement from an unidentified family member described Hendrickson as a “beautiful, outgoing, and nurturing young woman. She has so many friends and family that love her so much,” the statement read. “Kayla was the most girly tomboy one would have ever met. Anyone that knew her would definitely tell you she had her own unique personality. She had a free spirit, was a total country girl, and could be counted on to make you laugh and smile. If your mood was upside down, she could help turn it right-side up in a second. Kayla had so many aspirations in life and cherished her friends, sisters, nieces and nephews.

“While we are all trying very hard to understand this tragedy,” the statement read, “the family respectfully requests to grieve privately at this time while we mourn our devastating loss.”

A memorial fund has been set up through any U.S. Bank to help the family with funeral-related expenses.




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