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Case #96-8290

At approximately 12:50 am on January 25, 1996, multiple witnesses heard and saw Alvaro Ramirez-Avila, a 24 year-old Hispanic male, being shot and killed in the street by an unidentified man on SW Alder between 4th and 5th Avenue.

Mr. Ramirez-Avila was a known drug dealer. Investigators determined that he was shot as the result of a drug deal gone bad.

The unidentified male has been described as a white or Hispanic male with curly brown hair and wearing a tan jacket. He was seen fleeing the scene heading north on SW 4th Avenue.

Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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