On Wednesday, June 4, the flag of the City of Portland will be lowered in honor of 2 children who were victims of homicide last month. Four year-old Maribella Rose Willard died alongside her father, who was suffering from mental illness. That case is closed. Four days later, 16 year-old Lazaro Fuentes-Burgos was found fatally shot inside a vehicle. Authorities are still investigating, and anyone with information should contact Portland Police.
The City flag will be lowered at City Hall, the Portland Building, Portland fire stations, the World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Providence Park.
“I am saddened that we’ve lost two children this past month,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “Maribella was the quintessential Portland girl who loved visiting the zoo, the Portland Children’s Museum, OMSI, and the nearby park. She was supposed to start kindergarten this autumn at Beach Elementary.”
“While there are many questions around Lazaro’s death, we know that he left behind a family that loved and cared for him. I send condolences to Lazaro’s parents and to his extended family,” said Saltzman.
Also on Wednesday, Commissioner Saltzman will make remarks followed by a moment of silence in honor of Maribella and Lazaro at the 9:30am Portland City Council meeting at Portland City Hall.
City Council approved a resolution in April 2009 to lower the City’s flag in honor of children who die from abuse, neglect, or homicidal violence. This marks the thirteenth time that the flag has been lowered.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case, and tipsters can remain anonymous. You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online, 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.