Three people are dead and a fourth is seriously wounded after being gunned down Monday by an illegal alien from Mexico who had already been deported six times.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, 29, had been deported six times between 2003 and 2013. Other than that, he had no “significant prior criminal convictions,” until Monday’s slaughter at a rural northwest Oregon blueberry farm in the Willamette Valley town of Woodburn.
Two men who lived at the farm died at the scene, and the girlfriend of another resident who was not home at the time died at the hospital. The fourth victim is a man who was seriously wounded, but did survive and was able to speak with police investigators.
With a description of the suspect, police were able to notify other law enforcement, and just two hours later, the Oregon State Police, along with the Hood River County Sheriff’s department and the Hood River Police, found Oseguera-Gonzalez about 100 miles northeast of Woodburn, on Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge, stopped his car and arrested him. He is charged with three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder.
“He definitely was trying to make a getaway,” Marion County Lt. Chris Baldridge said. “Luckily we were able to stop him and take him into custody without incident.”
He admitted to police in an interview that he shot the four people, but pleaded not guilty in Marion County Superior Court on Tuesday.
The murdered victims have been identified as Ruben Rigoberto-Reyes, 60; Edmundo Amaro-Bajonero, 26; and Katie Gildersleeve, 30, of Logsden.
The 4th person, Refugio Modesto-DeLaCruz, was taken by ambulance to OHSU. He is critically injured but is expected to survive, reports KOIN 6 News .
The relationship between the suspect and the victims is unknown, but the Sherrif’s office said he was known to frequent the residence.
Katie Gildersleeve’s mother, Linda Patt, who spoke to KOIN 6 News in a phone interview, says she’s still struggling to come to terms with the fact that she’ll never see her daughter again.
“She’s gone. She’s gone and I can’t bring her back,” Patt said. “There’s nothing I can do to bring her back.”
Platt hopes to come face to face with Oseguera-Gonzalez in court.
“Do you know what you’ve taken from me? Do you even care what you’ve taken from us? Why? Give me a reason. Because God above, I want to forgive you and I know I should, but I can’t and I want an answer,” Patt said.
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