Lents shooter ‘took a lot more than you can imagine’

Beloved kinds of Jonathon “Johnny” Polanco want justice for the 30-calendar year-outdated who was shot and killed Friday

Jonathon “Johnny” Polanco. (Courtesy through Portland Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 30-year-old male has been determined as the victim of a capturing in Portland’s Lents community on Friday.

Jonathon “Johnny” Polanco was shot in the parking whole lot of a advantage retail outlet in the 4500 block of SE 92nd Avenue soon just before 10 p.m. Friday.

His loved ones introduced photographs to the media on Monday. A growing memorial of candles, flowers and illustrations or photos could be seen together the aspect of the road the place Polanco was shot.

Polanco’s brother stated Polanco was at the benefit keep with his girlfriend when he claims she was “jumped.” He mentioned Polanco was seeking to crack it up when a stranger walked up and shot him. 

“The persons who did this took way more than you can visualize,” explained Polanco’s girlfriend, KD Moline. “A fistfight turned into someone’s daily life being taken. And now additional than just his lifetime is dropped all of us are lost without the need of him. I’m dropped without him, I’m shed without him.”

Polanco’s demise marks the 60th murder of 2021 in Portland, lots of of which associated gun violence.

“I refuse to enable him go as a statistic. He has a identify — his name is Johnny Polanco and I will scream it right until someone is driving bars for this,” mentioned his brother, Robbie Polanco.

“My daughter missing her father,” said Alex Christian, the mom of Johnny Polanco’s daughter. “I experienced to convey to my 6-calendar year-old when she came dwelling from a vacation that her father was dead.”

All three individuals remembered Polanco as a vivid spirit with a fantastic perception of humor and a protector of his family members and close friends.

“He constantly did that for us, so now we have to do it for him. So we will need to deliver somebody in, a person has to pay for this,” mentioned his brother. “Johnny justifies justice.”

Law enforcement confirmed that there was a movie circulating on social media of the capturing. Investigators are wanting for suggestions about the men and women found in the video and the particular person who recorded it.

Make sure you call Detective Jennifer Hertzler at [email protected] 503-823-1040 or Detective Joseph Corona at [email protected] 503-823-0508 if you have any facts and reference situation selection 21-231670.