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STORY UPDATE: Hillsboro Police have two in custody being questioned in the MURDER of the young man they call Chuy.
OUR STORY: On Saturday, October 21st, 2023, shots rang out across Hillsboro, Oregon, echoing into the night. The usually quiet neighborhood at NE 32nd and NE Brogden was the location of a house party where local teens were gathered. Reports from those in attendance indicated that a car drove up and fired on them. In the aftermath of the chaos, a 17-year-old HilHi student, Chuy (Jesus) Copado Oropeza, lost his life. According to his family members, he was shot in the chest and did not survive.
“He was a young soul, only 17 years old! He was a ball of bright light with a smile that filled the room. Anyone who had the pleasure to know him wholeheartedly would say he was a persistent worker, a loyal friend, and someone who loved to learn and make people laugh. He was also a loving son, brother, and cousin. Chuy’s passing is a heartache felt by the entire community. Our lives will never be the same, and we will forever miss everything about him.” Brother,; Ignacio (Nachito)
Another young man, a 16-year-old Liberty High School student, was shot but survived. Sources indicate he is in the hospital dealing with severe injuries and is expected to recover. His name has not been released as of yet.
How do we handle this in Hillsboro, Oregon? Our town is being pushed in so many ways into a big city mode and this is not something we are used to deal with. We will never be used to this sort of monstrous crime and we support the family in every way we can. We will update this story as news comes in. Nobody has been arrested yet, police said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Hillsboro Police Department at 503-629-0111 and reference case number 23-20222.
Please donate to his family’s needs for his timely funeral and care if you can. The information to the GoFundMe is listed below and the Hillsboro Herald, myself, and all of our families ask you to give if you can. As a HilHi graduate, I am donating what I can. We will update this story and we encourage you all to leave your well wishes below and thoughts about this incident and those involved.
God bless his family and our town- we need to pull together now more than ever.