On September 16, 1981, a citizen walking near the intersection of NW 6th Avenue and Couch Street observed Derrick Shepherd, a 22 year-old African-American man, lying near the driver’s door of his vehicle. The citizen then went to a nearby business to call police. Mr. Shepherd was transported to a nearby hospital for his stab wounds where he died shortly after.
Mr. Shepherd was reported to be a petty criminal who made his living selling imitation narcotics. An unidentified African-American male was seen having an argument with him prior to him being stabbed, and has been described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the murder of Derrick Shepherd, please contact CrimeStoppers at 503-823-HELP.