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Cold Case: Teen gunned down in NE Portland street

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Cold case detectives are looking into the death of a 16-year-old boy who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

"An arm came out of the window and fired and down he went," said Portland police cold case investigator Mike Stahlman.

Stahlman said Jamil Myrick was riding a bike with friends on June 14, 1997, near Northeast 23rd Avenue and Northeast Alberta Street.

It was just before 2 a.m., when police said someone fired multiple shots from a vehicle.

Back in 1997, FOX 12 covered the Jamil Myrick killing. FOX 12 spoke with then-teen Fabian Henderson, who said he'd known the victim all his life.

"He was a good kid," Henderson said. "There should be something they can do about all this violence."

Detectives said there was a rash of deadly shootings in the summer of 1997; police blamed gangs for much of the violence.

Myrick's family has insisted the teen was a talented baseball player and wasn't a gang member, but police said he had friends who were.

Investigators also said there was a previous attempt on Myrick's life, just weeks before the murder.

"Someone had taken a shot at him from another car and yelled something like you better be careful or you better watch yourself," Stahlman said.

All these years later, Stahlman is convinced this cold case is solvable.

He believes there are people who know who committed the crime and why, but that fear might be holding them back.

"There's certainly the code of 'snitch on your friends.' There's also the matter of fear. I will be a target, if I do open my mouth," he said. "It isn't just a sense of honor, it's also a sense of self-preservation."

If you have any information about this crime, you can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

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