PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On the night of June 25, 2011, L.J. Irving went out to celebrate his nephew’s birthday at a bar on NE 82nd Avenue. Shortly after midnight, he stepped in to calm an argument between his nephew and another man.
As they walked away and headed toward his car, the 34-year-old father of three young children was shot to death.
Two other people were shot but survived.
“When someone shoots someone in the back four times, that’s murder,” Irving’s mother, Lucy Mashia, told KOIN 6 News. “That is not snitching if you tell. That is being a citizen and a human being.”
No one has ever been arrested in the case, though investigators and his mother both say witnesses with information to help solve the case have not come forward.
“You know, I heard the guy who shot him said he made a mistake,” Mashia said. “You made a mistake that cost my son’s life.”
Portland police spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson said the lack of cooperation is hurting the case.
“Somebody out there knows what happened with this case. Someone out there right now has the info that will help us make an arrest,” Simpson said. “We need that person to call.”
Irving dreamed of being a chef, his mother said. She said she just wants some peace for her son, her family and even for those who were there.
“I know you’ve got to have nightmares,” Mashia said. “I have nightmares about people knocking on my door in the morning telling me my son is dead. How could you not have a nightmare when you saw him get killed?”
There is a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest.
Wednesday night, Irving’s family and friends will hold a vigil for him. For Lucy Mashia, she wants one specific thing from whoever killed her son.
“I ask you, as a mother whose heart is broken, please, please come tell the truth.”