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Cold case: Woman gunned down while parked in north Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland woman was taking steps to turn her life around when she was gunned down.

Investigators in the Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case Unit believe one witness may be the key to solving the 1997 killing of Wendy Lim.

The 34-year-old was killed in the early morning hours of May 28, 1997.

Lim and a friend had borrowed another friend's car to drive to a convenience store, but stopped the car to talk with an acquaintance known as "Bobby."

The car was parked on North Webster Street, west of North Albina Avenue, when a light-colored two-door hatchback drove past.

Three black men were in the car and one opened fire.

Lim, sitting in the passenger's seat, was hit multiple times.

She died that night.

"It was a shock," said Becky Miranda, Lim's mother. "But I don't know how I knew, but I knew it was going to happen."

Miranda saved everything from those difficult days after her daughter was killed.

Newspaper articles about the deadly shooting and dozens of condolence cards from family and friends sit in a yellowing photo album with Lim's baby photos.

"Basically I saved everything so her children, when they grew up, they knew what happened," said Miranda. "They could see what she was like before."

Lim, who grew up in Longview, didn't have the easiest life, her family said. Her marriage didn't work out. The mother of four also struggled with substance abuse. But through it all, Lim stayed positive.

"Always laughing. Always. Everything was funny to her," said her mother, Becky Miranda.

Lim's brother said she was also planning to take parenting classes at the time she was killed.

Investigators in the Portland Police Cold Case Unit do not know if Lim was the target of the drive-by shooting, or if the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

Bob Stewart, a retired FBI agent now volunteering with the Cold Case Unit, said there was a previous dispute over ownership of the car Lim and her friend borrowed that night.

Stewart said investigators want to speak with "Bobby," the witness they've never found. He could be the key to solving Wendy's killing. At the time of the shooting, Bobby was described as an African-American man in his early 30s, around 5'4" with a stout build and close-cropped hair.

They'd also like to hear from anyone who knows the identity of the shooter or the other men in his car.

"People age, people mature, friendships change and past loyalties change," said Stewart. "So it's our hope that someone that has knowledge of the shooting would be in a position in their life now that they would be willing to contact us and provide information that may be valuable to the investigation."

"Whoever did this, if he lives this kind of a life he's going to die this kind of a life," said Miranda. "So that makes me feel better."

But Miranda said she would feel even better if her daughter's killer was behind bars.

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