News Sunday, October 14, 2001
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Local victims of violence remembered

Twelve people, from children to grandparents, were killed in the area in the last year

Statesman Journal
October 14

They ranged in age from 7 months to 77 years old. They were men and women, white, Black and Hispanic.

Each died violently during the past year. Each represents an immeasurable loss to their families, friends and to the community.

“I feel now like I’m in the Twilight Zone,” said Brant Heavner, who was present when his father took his own life last summer. “I’m just trying to take one day at a time and trying to heal.”

Today, organizers of Salem’s Week Without Violence are asking local congregations to pause during services to remember area victims of violence and to pledge to keep violence out of their own lives.

The victims are:

Miguel Angel Ochoa, 21

Found dead in his South Salem home Sept. 3, 2001, after his roommate called police about a gunshot. Police are searching for Rosendo Jose Carrillo-Padilla, 23, who was drinking with Ochoa. Ochoa’s parents, brothers and sisters live in Mexico; his son and girlfriend live in Salem.

Kristina Hopkins, 28

Shot Aug. 6, 2001, by her longtime boyfriend, Antonio Villa Perez, 48, at their Northgate duplex. Perez then fired a single shot to kill himself. The couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Andrea, being dropped off by a relative, discovered the bodies. They also had an 8-year-old boy, Raymond. Hopkins worked at Food 4 Less. Family members said she was planning to leave Perez.

Clinton Bernard Heavner, 67

Was found in his South Salem home on July 21, 2001, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Died later at Salem Hospital. Heavner suffered from depression.

Robert Clyde Dwigans, 77

Assaulted his wife, Jacquelyn, 73, in their home at a retirement community outside McMinnville. Then, believing she was dead, he took his own life. He was found in his truck June 19, 2001, at an Aurora truck stop. Dwigans had been seeking help for severe depression. He had been released four days earlier from a Portland hospital, where he had been an in-patient for five days and received shock treatment.

Fern Olson, 67

Shot June 18, 2001, by her son, Eric Olson, 26. Eric Olson, who had a long history of violence against his mother, then set the house on fire. He died from smoke inhalation. Police think Fern Olson was trying to get her son to move out of the house.

Constance Ihle, 27

Shot March 7, 2001,. by her husband, Timothy M. Ihle, in an upstairs bedroom of their rented farmhouse near Aurora. She called 911 for medics but died soon after their arrival. Police found Timothy Ihle on the kitchen floor, dead of a gunshot wound to the head. She was an accounting analyst and enjoyed traveling, reading and quilting.

Mark S. Stevens, 59

Stevens’ employee and tenant, John Carpenter, 48, shot him with a sawed-off shotgun in a Brooks truck stop parking lot on Feb. 21, 2001. Carpenter then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide. An eviction notice may have set off Carpenter’s temper. Stevens played the drums and enjoyed metal spinning art and jazz. He had three daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.

Alexis Hamilton, 7 months

Spent a day on life support before dying of severe head injuries inflicted Jan. 19, 2001, by her father, Michael Hamilton, 22.

Lorenzo Lopez-Rivera, 19

Shot in the head Jan. 1, 2001, by Raymundo Guzman-Sierra during a party in Guzman-Sierra’s Woodburn home. Lopez-Rivera was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He moved to Woodburn in 1996.

Doranida Madrid Lopez, 21

Shot Dec. 3, 2000, by her estranged husband, Carlos S. Lopez, 36, as she arrived at his West Salem apartment to pick up their three children. He then shot himself in the head. He died the next night at Salem Hospital. She had graduated from the Barbara Roberts High School program in June and was working at Neilsen Manufacturing.

Venancio Solano-Loaeza, 27

Shot Nov. 16, 2000, in a parked car in North Salem during a drug-related robbery. Jason Dayne Scott, 20, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in connection with the shooting. A co-defendant, Kevin Morelli Narchand, 24, remains in jail. Another accomplice, Luis Barrera-Cornejo, 26, fled the country.

Curtis Allen III, 17 months

Shaken to death Oct. 10, 2000, by his mother’s roommate, Aaron Daniel Pittam, 25. The shaking caused swelling in the brain, hemorrhaging and nerve damage around the eyes.

Reporter Tracy Loew can be reached at (503) 399-6779.

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