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Case # 94-49191

View KPTV's story on this Cold Case.

On May 29, 1994, at approximately 4 a.m., Eddie Morgan was shot to death on the corner of NE 42nd and Alberta.  A neighbor heard numerous gunshots and looked outside to see Eddie standing by the bus bench with both hands clutching the bench.  The neighbor watched as one hand then the other let go of the bench and Eddie collapsed onto the sidewalk.  Another neighbor rushed to help Eddie.  This neighbor attempted CPR but gave up because it was apparent that Eddie was dead.

Eddie was a 46-year-old white male who was mildly mentally challenged.  He had been disabled from birth.  He frequently walked around the neighborhood greeting people and often did it overnight and at odd hours.  Area residents said that he was never violent and was deemed harmless by the neighbors.  He had no record of drug or alcohol abuse and had no criminal history.  He was affectionately known as the Mayor of 42nd Avenue.

There is no apparent motive for this murder.  A dark-colored vehicle was seen leaving the area with more than one person inside shortly after the shooting.

Investigators believe that numerous persons have knowledge of this crime but have not come forward.  This case is particularly compelling because it seems apparent that Eddie Morgan did nothing that would have caused someone to kill him.  Given his mental capacity and how he acted around everyone, it is likely that he only greeted the person who killed him and had not had any contact with that person before.

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.

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