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Cold case: 16-year-old gunned down exiting car in NE Portland

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More than 23 years have passed since her brother was killed, but Veronica Wells remembers it like it was yesterday.

A friend knocked on their door and told the Wells family something happened to Kenneth Wells.

"We just all rushed out of the house. I don't even think we closed the door. We all just rushed out," said Veronica.

They made their way to the intersection of Northeast 10th and Northeast Holman, where Kenneth was shot and killed.

He died on the street, next to his open car door. He was 16 years old.

The Wells family was devastated. They still are.

"We don't go a day without thinking about my brother and what actually happened to him, who did it," said Veronica. "It's really hard for a family to just basically move on. I would like to see justice."

Investigators in the Portland Police Bureau’s Cold Case Homicide Unit are asking for people with information in the case to come forward.

The shooting occurred at about 5:15 a.m. on Aug. 29, 1992. Kenneth parked his car on Northeast 10th, south of Northeast Holman. As he got out, shots were fired from another car that sped past him.

"We expect people will actually know whose car it was," said Dick Pashley, who volunteers in the cold case unit. "And with that information, we could probably find that car today."

Pashley said Kenneth was the target of the shooting and more than one person was likely involved.

"I think the viciousness, the recklessness and the cold-blooded nature of the people responsible for Wells' murder was striking to me," he said.

Kenneth was one of six children and acted as the protector in his family. Shortly before he was killed, he had learned he was going to be a father.

His sister pleaded for anyone with information to contact investigators.

"Just please speak up and saying something, because I can't move forward without knowing what happened to my brother," she said.

If you have any information about this crime, contact investigator Dick Pashley at or Sgt. Cory Roberts at

You can call Portland Police at (503) 823-0000 or leave a tip on the Portland police website. You can also leave an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip online at, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

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