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Man killed outside NE Portland bar remembered 'as a hero'

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A Portland man accused of shooting three people outside a northeast Portland bar, killing two of them, was awaiting trial for a separate crime when the shooting occurred.

Robert Richardson Jr. is facing two counts of aggravated murder with a firearm and one count each of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

The shooting happened outside the Hour Glass Pub on Northeast Glisan on Friday night.

Eric Takemoto and Anthony Howard died. A third man survived.

Takemoto, Howard and friends were celebrating the birthday of Howard’s younger brother.

Police said Richardson got into a fight with the group outside the bar.

They do not think the shooting is gang-related.

“His brother was holding his dying brother in his arms on his birthday,” said Cynthia Sims, Howard’s mother. “No brother, family should ever have to endure that.”

Howard’s family says they were told surveillance video shows him pushing the suspect in an attempt to stop him from shooting others.

“We’re going to remember my brother as a hero, a man amongst men, somebody who stood up for others , even ‘til the day he died,” said Shaunae Collins, Howard’s sister.

Relatives described Howard as a “teddy bear,” who loved the Oregon Ducks and the Dallas Cowboys. He was engaged to be married.

Richardson was arrested on May 2 on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and cocaine possession.

Portland police say Richardson was a passenger in a vehicle suspected of being involved in a drive-by shooting in the Montavilla neighborhood that day.

No one was hurt, but officers found a shotgun, a handgun, cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash in the vehicle, police said.

After Richardson’s May 2 arrest, Multnomah County’s recognizance unit evaluated his safety risk and flight risk and recommending denying release, according to a county spokeswoman.

But the judge determined Richardson could be released from jail on community supervision, the spokeswoman said.

“I don’t understand that,” said Collins. “That’s definitely something we’ll be looking into after we’re done laying our brother to rest.”

Commissioner Nick Fish has similar questions. He said he is not pointing fingers, but trying to understand.

He was on a police ride along Friday night and was at the crime scene.

“Why was he back on the street? Are we tough enough on these gun crimes?” Fish said. “I’d like to get some answers on that question because maybe it was preventable.”

Richardson is being held without bail on the latest charges.

His next court appearance is scheduled for October 13.

Howard’s family has set up a GoFundMe account

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