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Local man says mall shooting victim saved his life

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A local man believes Clackamas Town Center shooting victim Steve Forsyth may have stepped into the line of fire to save him and his wife.

A man named Rick, who did not want to share his last name, said Forsyth is a hero.

Rick said he was about 10 feet away from Forsyth in the Clackamas Town Center near Macy's when Jacob Roberts started shooting Dec. 11.

Rick said he threw his wife to the ground and covered her. That's when he said Forsyth shouted something at the gunman.

The shooting stopped for a few seconds, Rick said, but then there was another shot and Forsyth fell to the floor. The West Linn man was killed, along with Cindy Yuille, of Portland.

Moments later, Rick said Roberts walked right by him and his wife. They were hiding behind a sign and while Roberts didn't see him, Rick said they were close enough to have touched his foot.

"When his gun jammed, and I think he dropped a clip too, he turned around to pick up what he dropped, I peeked around the corner and he just stood there for a second, just staring," Rick said. "And he turned around and that's when my wife and I ran into Macy's."

Rick said it was a combination of factors that allowed him to survive, along with his wife, but he wants Forsyth's family to know they believe that man was the main reason why.

"He wasn't just a victim, he was a hero in my eyes," Rick said. "He saved a lot of people's lives."

Friends, family and members of the public honored Forsyth at a memorial service Monday. Several speakers talked about his life and his character at the Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin.

He was described as a loving husband, father and coach, as well a beloved part of the community.

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