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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 #83-72098

In the early morning of September 3, 1983, at approximately 3:10 am, Derreck Sherman, a 17-year-old African-American male, was walking across the parking lot of the Knickerbocker Motel on the 4700 block on N Interstate Avenue with an associate when a loud noise was heard. The associate looked over to Derreck to see him on the ground bleeding from a gunshot. Derreck was transported to Emanuel Hospital where he died a short time later.

Derreck Sherman had led a trying life and was living in a foster home at the time of his murder. The day before his death he played basketball, went to a party, had gone downtown, and returned to the motel to sleep.

An unidentified white male was seen a short time prior to the shooting. He was described as 18 to 23 years of age, being 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with sandy brown hair and a mustache wearing an army fatigue jacket with blue jeans. Witnesses reported seeing a yellow 1979 Chevrolet Camaro fleeing the scene.

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 of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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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