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Deputies: Man arrested, charged with murder in SW Portland

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Michael Troxell booking photo (Courtesy: Washington County Jail) Michael Troxell booking photo (Courtesy: Washington County Jail)
Jamil Kamawal Jamil Kamawal
Washington County deputies at scene of death investigation Wednesday. Washington County deputies at scene of death investigation Wednesday.
Washington County deputies at scene of death investigation Wednesday. Washington County deputies at scene of death investigation Wednesday.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man arrested and charged with murder in southwest Portland Wednesday afternoon made his first appearance in court Thursday morning.

27-year-old Michael Troxell is accused of killing 68-year-old Jamil Kamawal outside his home.

Emergency crews responded to the 7500 block of Cedarcrest Street in Portland at around 3 p.m.

Deputies arrived and found Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue administering lifesaving efforts to Abdul Jamil Kamawal, 68. Kamawal was pronounced dead a short time after.

Washington County Sheriff's Office said Kamawal was on the ground concealed under straw outside a house under construction.

Deputies said the family was working on their home when a man part of the construction project killed one of the men living there.

According to the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation, Jamil Kamawal was a long-time employee, who retired in 2007.  A native of Afghanistan, he began working for the county in 1985, and eventually became an American citizen.  

His former co-workers learned of his death Thursday morning.

"The mood’s been pretty somber," said Melissa De Lyser, a spokesperson for the department. "The word that came up over and over again was kind.  That he was one of the kindest people that you would ever meet."

Troxell was taken to Washington County Jail and is being charged with murder. He is being held without the possibility of bail.

A shovel was recovered at the scene but Deputies said it was not conclusive if it was used in the homicide.

An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

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