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Case #97-82256

On August 9, 1997, Joshua Brewer, an 18-year-old white man, was at the southeast corner of SE Milwaukie and Powell Blvd with a group of associates when a group of unidentified Asian men pulled up at approximately 10:24 pm. A verbal confrontation began and started to become a physical altercation when a small white car pulled up. An unidentified Asian man got out of the car and began firing at the group. Joshua Brewer died at the scene, while two others were struck.

Joshua Brewer was reported to be a known member of the Westside Family Crips gang.

The unidentified Asian man has been described as being in his late teens to early twenties with black hair and blonde streaks.

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.

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