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Franklin High School student killed in MAX stop shooting

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Portland police detectives are continuing to investigate a MAX stop shooting that killed a 15-year-old Franklin High School student and wounded a 22-year-old man.

Officers responding to the shooting at the Holgate Transit Station in southeast Portland just before midnight Friday found Abukar Madey next to the MAX platform. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers also found 22-year-old Alex Ramirez suffering from several gunshot wounds at 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. He was taken to a Portland hospital, where he is still recovering from his injuries.

Madey died Sunday morning, and an autopsy by the Oregon state medical examiner showed he died from a gunshot wound to the head. He was a freshman at Franklin High School, where his sister is also a student.

"When I found out about this I was in shock because he was the nicest person ever," said Cynthia Magana, a sophomore who was close friends with Madey.

Classmates said Madey was well-liked. He loved to play basketball and planned to try out for the high school team in the coming weeks.

"He always had respect for everybody. He was a great kid," said Mohamed Hussein, a Franklin High School senior whose family is close with Madey's relatives. "Fifteen years old. It's crazy honestly. He had a big future ahead of him."

Hussein said he spent time with Madey after school on Friday. They were doing homework at Franklin until Hussein left at about 6 p.m.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. Detectives said they haven't ruled out the possibility that the shooting is gang-related, and they said Ramirez is a member of a Hispanic street gang in Portland.

Madey and Ramirez were "associated to one another," according to police, who are still trying to determine the exact relationship between the two.

Close friends say Madey was not associated with gangs.

"He was never like that," Hussein said.

"He wasn't involved in gangs," said Magana. "He was a really nice person. He wasn't like that."

Detectives believe there may be witnesses who may be able to help them in their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-823-9319.

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