In April 2016, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted three men in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring, killed in August 2014.
22-year-old DeAnthony Simmons, 21-year-old Demetrius Ray Brown and 22-year-old Geontae Brachaurd Jones were indicted on charges of Murder (with a firearm - three counts each), Burglary in the First Degree (with a firearm - two counts each), and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (with a firearm). Simmons and Jones were also indicted on a charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Simmons is in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, while Brown and Jones have been in the custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on unrelated charges.
Brown and Jones will be arraigned on Tuesday May 3, 2016, in Multnomah County Court. Simmons will be arraigned at a later time. Arraignment is scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Justice Center Courthouse.
After arraignment, family and friends of Ervaeua Herring, along with law enforcement personnel and community members, may be available for media interviews at the Justice Center Courthouse.
This investigation started on Sunday August 17, 2014, at 5:00 a.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the Eastwood Village Apartments, located at 15139 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report of a shooting.
Officers arrived in the area and learned that apartment #7 may have been the intended target. Officers located evidence of gunfire, and inside the apartment located 21-year-old Ervaeua Herring dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
Homicide detectives learned that there were multiple suspects firing guns at the apartment and believe the shooting was gang-related.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Ms. Herring and determined that she was killed by gunfire. The Medical Examiner also determined that Ms. Herring was in the early stages of pregnancy at the time of her death.
The only available suspect description at the time was that the suspects were described as African American males armed with guns.
Homicide detectives have worked closely with Gang Enforcement Team detectives to follow-up leads in this investigation and have interviewed dozens of people over the course of the past 20 months, resulting in these indictments.
More arrests are expected in this case and detectives believe that there are additional people in community with information about the homicide of Ms. Herring.
Anyone with information about this case, including second hand information or information learned from social media sites, is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, firstname.lastname@example.org
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