13, becomes youngest gang-involved Portland homicide victim in at least a decade .. Portland is a sanctuary city – no illegals ever get deported or have their papers checked. This “hardworking immigrant family” is a prime example of whats wrong with Portland Oregon. Enforce immigration laws. deport, Glad he’s dead.
( ohh pleazeeee the Mexican illegals are playing it like he’s a victim and we should feel sorry for the boy- the black african mexican. Why? The whole family should be deported like right now.
Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 9:16 PM Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 3:11 PM
View full sizeMaxine Bernstein/The OregonianThe alley where Julio Cesar Marquez collapsed Sunday night. His body was discovered by an eighth grader taking a shortcut to catch the school bus about 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Yvonne Wainis was frightened Sunday night when she heard a commotion outside her ground-floor unit at Colonial Villa Apartments in Northeast Portland.
“I heard somebody running by screaming, just screaming loudly,” Wainis said. “I was scared.”
Wainis, who was home alone, wondered whether neighbors were fighting and peered out her front window. When she didn’t see anything, she locked her front door and went to bed. It was about 11 p.m. Then came what sounded like feet banging on her bedroom wall from the adjacent alley. She tried to ignore it.
Early the next morning, an eighth-grader taking a shortcut through the alley to catch a bus to school on Northeast Halsey Street found a body. Police say 13-year-old Julio Cesar Marquez died from blunt force trauma and gunshot wounds, the city’s youngest gang-involved homicide victim in at least a decade.
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“It’s crazy. I didn’t think somebody was trying to call for help, or dying right outside my house,” Wainis said Wednesday. “We were just shocked.”
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Other residents had heard as many as six gunshots. On Monday, police found a bloody trail on the concrete path outside the apartments leading to the alley. A bullet had struck a car in the lot.
At the time of his death, Marquez was on juvenile probation for an assault. But that didn’t keep him from boasting on his Facebook page, under the moniker “Ese Stoner,” about his affiliation with the Surenos gang, smoking marijuana with friends, and his journey in and out of juvenile detention this year.
On Saturday, he posted, “I love gang bangin violence!” The next night at 8:16 p.m., his last post, he wrote he had fun looking for someone “but their (sic) lucky they were hiding.”
Difficult family life
Marquez’s family life was difficult. He lived with his mother, Diana Baxter, 43, in Southeast Portland. . She came to the United States from Panama at age 15. Julio was her fifth child. she was indicted for stealing $65,000 from her employer, the state Department of Human Services between 2005 and 2009, when she was fired. She pleaded guilty Sept. 28 to 20 counts of aggravated theft, theft by deception, felony computer crime and official misconduct. She will be sentenced Dec. 1.
Baxter has been working at Sprint since she lost her state job. Her wages are garnished because of unpaid traffic tickets. Last May, the teenager’s father, Julio Cesar Marquez Sr. owed his mother $3,050 in past child support.
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In and out of detention
Marquez had theft arrests. On May 20, he was taken to detention over the April assault. Multnomah County juvenile counselors were assigned to supervise him the next day, when he was released with an electronic-monitoring bracelet. He broke it off and ran away from home May 26, said Hank Stern, a county spokesman.
Marquez was picked up again June 1 and pleaded guilty June 23 to fourth-degree assault for the school beating. He was given eight days’ detention and one year of probation. He was released with an electronic monitoring bracelet, only to disable it again. He was re-arrested Sept. 1, given eight days of detention and his juvenile court counselor made visits to his home four times in the last two months.
His juvenile counselor knew of Marquez’s gang affiliation, but was unaware of his Facebook page, which was not under his name, Stern said. Juvenile counselors have the power to shut down a Web page if they notice inappropriate posts.
At the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, residents were stunned Wednesday that no one noticed the boy’s body until the next morning. Tammy Piazza said she heard two shots, then four more Sunday night about 10. “Honey, somebody’s shooting out there!” she told her husband.
She said the alleyway is not lit, and residents have become used to the violence and gang problems in the neighborhood. . “I’m moving,” Piazza said.