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Case #95-110038

On November 3, 1995, at approximately 10:00 pm, two women just got off the bus on the 1300 block of NE Morgan Street when they tripped over the victim on the paved pathway in Woodlawn Park. The victim, Jesse Tacker, a 38-year-old African-American man, had been shot to death.

Jesse Tacker was not known to be a violent person and was living in a halfway house nearby. It was reported that Mr. Tacker was a known crack cocaine user who stole items to sell in order to further his drug habit.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at approximately 9:45 pm that same night.

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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