A developmentally-challenged man known as a “friend to everyone” was gunned down near a Portland, Oregon, bus stop.
He was known for greeting people around the neighborhood, but his case has gone cold. Today, police say they believe multiple people know what happened to Eddie Morgan and implore them to come forward.
Around 4 a.m. on May 29, 1994, Morgan was shot to death on the corner of NE 42nd Avenue and Alberta Street. A neighbor heard numerous gunshots and looked outside to see Morgan standing by the bus bench with both hands clutching the seat.
Morgan then watched as one hand, then the other, let go of the bench and Morgan collapsed on the sidewalk, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Another neighbor rushed to help Morgan and tried to give him CPR, according to police. But it was clear the 46-year-old man was dead.
Morgan, who was developmentally challenged, frequently walked around the neighborhood and greeted people. He often did it overnight and at odd hours, police said. Neighbors said he was never violent and deemed harmless.
Shar Fisher told the Portland Tribune that Morgan was her unofficial assistant at the Wilshire Tavern.
"He was a friend to everybody and a good friend to probably nobody, but he had family and he was important to them,” Fisher told the Tribune. “He was important to everybody,"
A longtime neighbor told The Portland Observer that Morgan had a nickname in the community.
“We called him the ‘Mayor of 42nd Street,’” Jane Ingram said, according to the Observer. “Everybody knew Eddie…he’d stop into all the businesses and was always checking in with everybody.”
Morgan had no record of drug or alcohol abuse and police said he never had run-ins with anyone.
Police believe that numerous people have knowledge about the crime, and they have not come forward. It is likely that Morgan greeted the person who killed him and had no prior contact with the suspect.
"Tell somebody so we can all know,” Fisher implored those who know what happened, according to the Tribune. It's important to people like me and there's more people like me," says Fisher.
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered in the case. Anyone with information about what happened to Morgan is asked to call (503) 823-4357.
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