Police identify victim in Northeast Portland shooting

Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 9:54 AM PST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Portland Police Bureau identified the 19-year-old man who was killed in a shooting in Northeast Portland last Thursday.

That night, just before midnight, officers responded to a shooting at the Pennington East Apartments on the 4200 block of Northeast Prescott Street. They arrived to find Dazani Roberts, also known as Dazani Nathan, dead at the scene. The suspects left before police arrived.

It’s been a heartbreaking week for 19-year-old Dazani Roberts’ family.

“We’re not well. This has forever changed us,” says family friend Candice Edwards.

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Edwards has been a long-time friend and an aunt to Dazani and she says they’re devastated his future was ripped from him like this.

“He graduated grammar school, high school and he was going to go on to go to business college and now he doesn’t get to do that,” Edwards says. “It’s just a shame that people go around feeling like they can take people’s life.”

Edwards added Dazani was a kind kid, a great role model for his siblings, and liked giving back to his community. Now that he’s gone, there’s a hole in his family’s hearts.

“Dazani’s mother, she’s going to miss his smile. His hugs, his conversations, his dreams, his thoughts that he spoke to her about. All his family members, they’re going to miss Dazani.”

A medical examiner later confirmed that Roberts died from a gunshot wound and ruled the death a homicide.

Anyone who knows anything about the shooting is asked to contact the Portland police.