FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stacy Brewster, Commissioner Saltzman’s Office
Phone: (503) 823-4151
PORTLAND CITY FLAG TO BE LOWERED IN RECOGNITION OF THREE CHILD VICTIMS OF HOMICIDE LAST MONTH
Today, May 3, 2017, the flag of the City of Portland is lowered at City Hall, the Portland Building, the World Trade Center, Providence Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and other locations throughout the city to recognize the deaths of three children, all of whom were victims of homicide the same day: April 11, 2017.
Janet Cortinas-Duran, 8, and Jasmine Duran-Cortinas, 11, of Portland were shot and killed by their father the night of April 11, 2017. According to press reports, the father later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after setting his car on fire and having a confrontation with Gresham Police the early hours of April 12.
Earlier that day, a Vancouver teenager, Shawn M. Scott Jr., 17, was shot and killed in broad daylight in Holladay Park. According to police, three young men ranging in age from 17 to 19 have been arrested in connection with Shawn’s death.
“These senseless deaths of children rattle me to the core, especially coming so close together,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who urged City Council to adopt a resolution in April 2009 to lower the City’s flag to recognize and raise awareness about children who die from abuse, neglect, or other violence. Commissioner Saltzman will make brief remarks and observe a moment of silence before this morning’s 9:30 AM City Council session. This marks the 17th time the city flag has been lowered under these criteria.
The Office of Youth Violence Prevention of the City of Portland also stands with the families in the time of their loss and is saddened that these young victims will never be able to fully express their talents in benefit to this City. “We stand resolute in remembering these victims and families, and to provide the resources necessary to prevent violence,” said Policy Manager Tom Peavey.
“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and teachers of the victims. If we can get people to pay attention to these tragedies and learn from them, we hope we can save lives,” added Saltzman. “As we remind people, if there is abuse, neglect, or other dangerous circumstances in the home, we urge the public to get children out of the situation immediately. Don’t wait for things to calm down or to get better.”
If you suspect abuse, call the Child Abuse Hotline (800) 509-5439. If you witness abuse, call 911.