Slain son’s text to mom: ‘Love you a billion’

Michael Olson was killed in a sidewalk robbery in Portland's Woodstock neighborhood

Michael William Olson, 30, was shot to death in the 6100 block of SE 52nd Avenue as he walked near his home during an armed robbery, Sept. 30, 2014 (PPB)
Michael William Olson, 30, was shot to death in the 6100 block of SE 52nd Avenue as he walked near his home during an armed robbery, Sept. 30, 2014 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Sandra Olson said she got a text from her son Tuesday evening.

“Love you both a million, a billion,” was the text, she said. “It was that evening, before it happened.”

Mike Olson and his friends got together for a bachelor party Tuesday night. Around 11 p.m., investigators said Olson and a friend were walking to meet others when he was robbed, shot and killed in the 6100 block of SE 52nd Avenue near Woodstock.

There are no suspects identified at this time.

Sandra Olson told KOIN 6 News in a phone interview from her Florida home her son was “kind, funny, smart, very smart, caring.” He grew up in Indiana, moved to Portland in 2009 and wanted to be in this area because he had friends here.

Hair of the Dog closed their tasting room Wednesday after learning of Mike Olson's death, Oct. 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Hair of the Dog closed their tasting room Wednesday after learning of Mike Olson’s death, Oct. 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)

The 30-year-old who worked at Hair of the Dog Brewery was supposed to travel to Florida to visit with his family this Sunday.

“He was supposed to come down and stay with us about a week,” she said.

Sandra Olson said a memorial to celebrate her son’s life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hair of the Dog Brewery.

His friend

One of his best friends, Chuck Hambley, said Olson was “the sweetest, kindest” guy around.

“He would always try and make you laugh,” he said. “He was extremely upbeat when it came to anything, and would always make sure everyone around him was comfortable and happy.”

At the end of the night, Hambley said Olson would say “either I love you or many, many smooches. That was kind of his goodbye.”

The Portland Police Bureau's mobile command center on scene of a homicide in SE Portland (KOIN)
The Portland Police Bureau’s mobile command center on scene of a homicide in SE Portland (KOIN)

But he can’t figure out why his friend was killed.

“Insanely senseless,” Hambley told KOIN 6 News. “I don’t think Mike had time to react, to do anything before he was gone.”

Reward offered

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Sandra Olson just wants someone who knows something to contact the Portland police.

“Please come forward,” she said. “Get some justice for Michael and maybe save another life.”

Hambley also wants whoever did this to be found.

“For all of us that knew him it would be nice to be able to put a face to or reason behind why that happened,” he said. “It would be nice to lay him to rest befitting a king, as he would say.”

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This YouTube video was posted by Chuck Hambley in 2011:

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