Victim identified in deadly Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting

Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 9:44 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – The victim in a deadly Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood shooting has been identified as a 44-year-old man.

On Tuesday, the Portland Police Bureau confirmed the victim as Aaron H. Follstad-Martin, 44. Follstad-Martin was found dead shortly before 8 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Southeast 124th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard.

A Medical Examiner determined Follstad-Martin’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound and ruled the death a homicide.

His wife Shalonda Fallstad-Martin is heartbroken, telling FOX 12 Aaron was a good guy who would give anyone the shirt off his back.

“He wasn’t perfect but he was a good person and he didn’t deserve what happened to him,” Shalonda said. “He would give somebody his last dollar. If he had a burger and you didn’t have nothing, he’d split it with you.”

Aaron’s wife Shalonda and daughter Day are still in disbelief he’s gone.

“When you pull that trigger, that’s final. There’s no waking up and, ‘oh that was just a bad dream, it’s not real.’ It’s real. I never thought in my 49 years I’d be right here,” Shalonda said.

At this time, no suspects have been arrested.

“It’s real senseless. People really need to think before they pull guns on other people. They have family too,” Shalonda said. “You never know what will happen to one of your family members and you might be up here in the same position. You should think before you react, so you don’t put anybody in this position. It’s hard.”

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is still investigating the case. If anyone has information, they’re asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457 or Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@portlandoregon.gov.

During the investigation, Southeast Powell Boulevard was closed from Southeast 122th Avenue to Southeast 128th Avenue. Additionally, Southeast 124th Avenue was closed north of Southeast Powell Boulevard.