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Wife of shooting victim: 'He was good to everybody that knew him'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Police said one man died and another was injured after a Christmas Eve fight escalated to gunfire.

The family of 61-year-old victim Terry Rolin wants him remembered for how he lived, and not what happened Tuesday night.

"We will miss him so much," his wife Carolyn Rolin said.

When she packed her husband's lunch and said goodbye Tuesday morning, she never thought it would be the last goodbye to her love of almost two decades.

"He went on his way with a smile. That's how I will always remember him," Rolin said.

Police said what started as a Christmas Eve argument among family members took a deadly turn. A neighbor called 911, but by the time police got to the southeast Portland home, it was too late. Paramedics found Terry Rolin shot and fighting to survive. They couldn't save him.

"How could such a warm and loving person go out in such a cold and heartless way? I am so confused and mad and will miss him more than anyone on this Earth," his wife said.

She said she doesn't want her husband remembered as the victim in Tuesday night's shooting. She wants him known as the avid fisherman and loving grandfather who she often found chatting with neighbors in the yard.

"Neighbors all love and know him," Rolin said.

Neighbors said they knew Rolin and other family members who they said live in the home.

"They were great people, really friendly," one neighbor said. "One brother was a hard worker, and just a nice family. But they have their problems just like everybody else."

Despite those problems, many said what they saw and heard Christmas Eve is the last thing they'd expect.

"I just happened to look out the window and saw all these cops parading up to the house," a neighbor said.

As police look into how the fight started, Rolin wants one message made clear.

"He was good to everybody that knew him," she said.

Police have not yet said who else was part of the family argument. They have not arrested anyone and said they are not looking for any suspects because they've already identified everyone involved.

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