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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Case #98-69926

Approximately 2:30 am on the morning of July 19, 1998, police responded to various 911 calls from the El Moro apartments located at 2016 SE 122nd Ave in Portland. A resident of the El Moro apartments had gone outside to find the deceased Ausencio Genchi Garcia, a 27-year-old Hispanic male, lying on the ground. An autopsy found that Mr. Garcia had died of gunshot wounds.

In the hours before the shooting, a fight nearly broke out at the El Moro apartment complex between a large group of Hispanics and several African American males. 

Mr. Garcia worked at a vegetable company in Portland and was attending a party at El Moro apartments that night and was not known to be violent or have a criminal record. Mr. Garcia seems to be a random victim of the shooting.

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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Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

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