PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 21-year-old single mother died early Sunday morning inside an apartment unit that was broken into and shot up by several people, witnesses said.
Twenty-one-year-old Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring, was killed inside her unit at Eastwood Village Apartment near Southeast 151st and Southeast Powell Boulevard at roughly 5:00 a.m.
On Monday, the Oregon State Medical Examiner released findings from an autopsy on Herring. Those findings revealed she was “in the early stages of pregnancy at the time of her death.”
According to her Facebook page, Herring attended Parkrose High School, and worked at Abercrombie and Fitch as a model.
Officers were told the suspects were several African American males who fled the scene. Preliminary investigation, police said, appears to show the shooting maybe gang related.
‘Folks she was messing with’
A woman who identified herself as Herring’s grandmother, but did not want to give her name, said Herring’s tragic death should not have happened.
“This grandbaby of mine did not deserve this – its all because of who she affiliates with,” she said. She said she didn’t know why Herring was killed.
“Baby I don’t know because she didn’t do nothin,’ must have been some of those folks she was messing with.”
A witness told KOIN 6 News that around 5 a.m. Sunday, she heard several people talking outside in the parking lot followed by several rounds of gunfire.
She said her neighbor’s window and wall had been shot, and a man living behind the apartment complex said he was woken up by the sounds of what he estimated to be five rounds of gunfire.
One of the first 911 callers told dispatchers that the suspects were known gang members, police on scene confirmed.
Carl Barr, whose niece lives at the apartment complex said some of the gunmen entered his unit and held a gun to his and his 10-year-old grand niece’s head.
“It’s just wrong,” he said. “These people aren’t thinking about anyone except themselves.”
Barr said neither his niece or the 10-year-old was hurt.
Putting the pieces together
Police responded to the scene and started checking for victims. Officers found Herring dead inside a separate ground floor apartment. Police on scene confirmed there was evidence of several rounds being fired, from at least two different weapons.
Police checked several of the nearby apartment units looking for additional evidence. Residents walked outside the yellow crime scene tape, still wearing their pajamas.
Members of the Portland Police Bureau homicide unit and Gang Enforcement Team responded to the scene.
Police have not announced any arrests. It is unknown if the shooting is directly connected to an earlier shooting Sunday in downtown that wounded three people. An officer on scene said police would be looking into all recent shootings to determine if revenge may be a motive.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the non-emergency line at 503.823.3333.
Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony.
Portland native and current NBA Houston Rockets Forward Terrence Jones is also donating money to the woman’s family. Terrence and Herring were childhood friends.