Family remembers Eastbank Esplanade shooting victim

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Posted: May 13, 2022 / 05:59 PM PDT

Updated: May 13, 2022 / 05:59 PM PDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – KOIN 6 News talked to the household of Ashley Marie Smith who constabulary accidental was changeable successful the backmost of the cervix connected Portland’s esplanade Sunday night.
Smith’s sisters picture the parent of 5 arsenic a loyal, honorable and energetic idiosyncratic and said she moved to Portland from St. Louis.

Court documents accidental Wyatt Storm Belcher changeable Smith aft a drum ellipse precocious Sunday night. Police said detectives don’t deliberation Belcher and Smith knew each other.

Smith’s sisters accidental it’s hard to marque consciousness of her death.

“To perceive however it happened is, evidently rough. And it’s a small confusing to maine too,” Smith’s sister Helaina Copeland said. “Completely unprovoked, random enactment of violence. It’s confusing, due to the fact that radical are looking for the why. Some radical conscionable said it was for fun.”

Smith’s sisters said she had go stateless successful caller years.

“Just due to the fact that you autumn connected hard times doesn’t mean you merit to die. There was nary crushed for an act. It’s conscionable truly hard to understand,” Copeland said.

Smith’s household is raising wealth for her funeral.

Belcher made his archetypal tribunal quality earlier successful the week, pleading not blameworthy to 2nd grade murder.

Court documents accidental witnesses “…realized Smith had been changeable erstwhile a antheral who had been lasting adjacent walked away, but past re-approached with a weapon successful his close hand.”

The documents spell connected to accidental “the man…racked the descent of the firearm, asked if the pistillate was dead, and asked…if helium wanted to beryllium shot, too.”

A witnesser besides “…heard suspect remark “just tidying up,” according to tribunal documents. Court documents accidental Belcher has been diagnosed with large depressive upset and Schizoaffective upset and admitted to taking stimulants.

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