There is no question that Hillsboro is a very loving and giving town. Few cities of our size project the sort of community support and love that our town does, and when the chips are down we can pull together. The senseless killing of Hillsboro resident Errol Rees this past weekend is one of those times folks.
Errol was a resident of East Hillsboro and from what we have been told he was an outstanding man. The daughter of his fiance, Kalia Guerra, posted an emotional plea on Monday on the local NextDoor page. It did not take long for cruelty to set in and responses to come questioning her motives to raise funds. Sadly that caused the thread to be removed. Having said that she poured her heart out that her Mother, Lisa Kaiser, and Errol were about to be married and that the tragedy has left the family in shock. She spoke of his many fine qualities as a first-class citizen who was always looking to offer a hand and help his friends and neighbors…strangers too. She noted how humble and kind Errol was.
On March 19th, 2021 at 3:30 PM, Errol was walking from work in the St Johns area near the bridge. The best information available states that a man targeted him with his car and ran him over. This left Errol with multiple injuries and severe brain trauma. He survived long enough to be transported to the hospital and survived almost 3 days before passing from his injuries. Portland Police have identified and arrested Roy Bennett Jr. who has now been charged with 2nd-degree murder. He was driving a stolen car when he hit Rees.
Rees and Kaiser were set to be married on April 8th, 2021, and had enjoyed a 5-year romance and were building a great life together. His death comes as a great shock and a loss to many. Rees is a graduate of Aloha High School according to his Facebook profile.
“Errol was a very kind man. He was the glue. He was an amazing father and stepfather, definitely the kind of man you want to fill the dad role when you no longer have one. He was hard working and would do anything for those he loved and cared about, and was more than happy and in love with his life with my mother Lisa. On sunny days you would’ve found him helping my mom with the yard or helping her fix the house, or maybe out riding his motorcycle out to Camp 18 for a cinnamon roll. He lit up a room and saying he will be missed is an understatement. The fact we have to live without him from here forward is devastating.”
Kalia Guerra- future step-daughter
The Herald would like to ask any of you who can donate to the family’s expense fund to do so. They need to send Errol Rees off properly and offset expenses related to his death. We do not cover murders here at the Herald but we do cover our people and when the need arises come to you, our readers, for help.
A GoFund Me page is set up and raising money- help if you can by clicking this link.
If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Ryan Foote Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0781 or Detective Travis Law Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-039