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Police search for killer in 1994 murder of Portland man

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"You don't forget nothing like that."

Tony Campbell said memories of the night his best friend Brian Mitchell died have never left him.

"All we heard was the shots,"  Campbell said. "We're assuming whoever did it must have ran down behind him once he got out of the car because he still had his keys and water bottle in his hand."

Portland police cold case investigators said 24-year-old Mitchell had come home from the video store Nov. 14, 1995.

Police said as he parked his black Thunderbird in the 4300 block of northeast Hazelfern Street, someone shot him multiple times in the head and leg.

"The windows were shot out, so maybe he was trying to get out," said retired detective George Young, who is currently reviewing the unsolved murder.

Tony Campbell was there the night of the murder and agreed to walk us through what happened.

He remembered it was 8:45 p.m. Campbell was in the house, when he said he heard shots, he ran outside and found Mitchell lying in the street.

"So I grabbed him, rolled him over on me. I was on my knees holding him," he said.  "His body was still shaking. I asked him if you can hear me, please move something. You don't expect to see someone close to you, on the ground dying and there's really nothing you can do."

Campbell said Mitchell had just made the national amateur boxing team, had a good job and was graduating college.

His future was bright and detectives say nothing in his past directly pointed to a motive.  Investigators said he wasn't a gang member or drug user.

Detectives said neighbors spotted two cars, a mid 1980s sedan and a coupe, possibly a Volkswagen Rabbit, leave the area.  But police don't know if they were involved or if the shooter was on foot or in a vehicle.

As for the motive, they believe someone knows -- perhaps someone had an issue with Mitchell.

"Or if it was a case of mistaken identity and they know why it happened and they know basically who pulled the trigger," Young said.

As we walked along Hazelfern Street, Campbell said every now and then, he'll drive by the scene to remind himself of what he lost that night, and what he hopes some day will be found.

"Put yourself in our shoes, if it was someone close to you, wouldn't you want to know," he said.

If you have any information about who killed Brian Mitchell, please call Crimestoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357). You can also submit anonymous tips online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit.php. 

Next Thursday on the 10 O'Clock News on Fox 12's Most Wanted "Cold Case Unit," FOX 12 will profile the 1994 unsolved murder of Eddie Morgan, a developmentally delayed man shot while standing at a bus bench.

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