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Mother praying for justice in 2005 Portland murder; reward offered

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Eyo Nyong's mother and family meeting with media Monday. Eyo Nyong's mother and family meeting with media Monday.
Eyo Nyong, picture courtesy of his family. Eyo Nyong, picture courtesy of his family.
Eyo Nyong and his mother, picture courtesy of his family. Eyo Nyong and his mother, picture courtesy of his family.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The mother of a man who was gunned down in north Portland back in 2005 is pleading for answers and praying for justice.

Eyo Nyong was just 26 years old when he was shot in the head and killed in the parking lot of a bar on North Vancouver Avenue on July 27th, 2005.

There are still no identified suspects in the case, according to Portland Police.

“He was a father, he was a brother, he was an uncle, he was everything to me,” Veronica Nyong-Darnell said of her son Monday, exactly 10 years after his death. “I’m not doing anything but trying to get justice for my son.”

Police said Nyong was in the parking lot of the bar, then called J.D. Sports Bar, when two other African American men came up to him to talk.  There was no confrontation or argument as far as police are aware, but one of the men pulled out a gun and shot Nyong in the head, killing him.

Some witnesses spoke with police in the aftermath of the murder, but others left the scene.

Nyong’s mother believes – all these years later – someone out there still has information that can lead to an arrest.

“I understand that you were raised not to say anything and you have to keep your mouth closed and I understand the fear,” she said of potential witnesses, before addressing the person who pulled the trigger: “I forgave you at the crime scene.”

Nyong left behind five children of his own – including two he never got to meet.  They now range in age from 15 to 9.

In the wake of his death, his mother prayed for the crime scene to be torn down – and it was. 

Now, she’s praying her son’s killer will be brought to justice.

“This is just not about me, this is about everyone that ever had something happen to their loved ones through the hands of someone else,” she added.  “I trust God with the trial [in this case], I know it will come to pass, I don’t know when, but it shall.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, and Nyong’s mother hopes to up that amount through private fundraising. 

You can leave an anonymous tip online or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).  You can also send a text to CRIMES (274637) and put “823HELP” in the subject line, followed by the tip.

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