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Fourth Suspect Arrested in Connection to 2013 Red Sunset Park Homicide
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
Published on Thursday February 11, 2016    6:34 AM     
 
GRESHAM, Oregon - Kevin Luna-Gonzalez, 22, of Gresham was arrested late last night for his involvement in a 2013 shooting that left one man dead and another injured at Gresham's Red Sunset Park. This fourth arrest comes more than two and a half years after the homicide.

Luna-Gonzalez was taken into custody during a traffic stop. Recently indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury for crimes related to the 2013 case, he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, and six counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

"It's been a long two and a half years, and there's more work to be done," said Lead Detective Scott Hogan. "But I'm happy the victims, their families, and our community are able to experience some closure."

On July 6, 2013, at 9:27 p.m., police responded to Red Sunset Park in the 2400 Block of Red Sunset Dr., for calls of both fireworks and gunshots. Officers came upon a chaotic scene centered around the basketball court where they found Paulino "Paul" Venancio-Lopez, 33, of Gresham, had been shot and killed. Another man, Omar Merino-Lopez, 22, was identified as a second victim who had been shot in the leg. Merino-Lopez has recovered and Venancio-Lopez is survived by his wife and two young children.

With the assistance of the Beaverton Police Department and the East County Major Crimes Team, two juvenile suspects were contacted a short time after the shooting and arrested. Reynaldo Antonio Ceja, then 15, admitted to being the shooter and has since pled guilty to Murder. Brian Hernandez Cardon, then 17, admitted to supplying the murder weapon and also pled guilty to Murder. Both men are currently serving prison sentences.

Luna-Gonzalez's 24-year-old cousin, Tomas David Luna-Lopez, was similarly indicted in Feb. 2015, and is currently facing charges for murder and other related crimes. All the suspects involved are known to have affiliated with gangs.