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Case #96-8290

At approximately 12:50 am on January 25, 1996, multiple witnesses heard and saw Alvaro Ramirez-Avila, a 24 year-old Hispanic male, being shot and killed in the street by an unidentified man on SW Alder between 4th and 5th Avenue.

Mr. Ramirez-Avila was a known drug dealer. Investigators determined that he was shot as the result of a drug deal gone bad.

The unidentified male has been described as a white or Hispanic male with curly brown hair and wearing a tan jacket. He was seen fleeing the scene heading north on SW 4th Avenue.

The Cold Case Unit would like anyone with information regarding this case to contact them. Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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