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Downtown Eugene murder victim was homeless

Ovid Neal, 56, was killed last week near Pearl Street and 10th Avenue.

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 6:14 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 6:45 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The victim of a homicide in downtown Eugene earlier this month was homeless, according to homeless people in the area the crime happened.

Ovid Neal, 56, was killed last week near Pearl Street and 10th Avenue.

Multiple homeless people said Neal slept in alley nearby. They said he was always polite to those around him and kept to himself.

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George Harding, who is homeless, said that he met Neal at the Eugene Mission and he was quiet. Harding hopes other homeless people stay safe by sticking together and sleeping in dark alleys. He hopes justice is served.

"They need to spend the rest of their life behind bars," Harding said. "Life imprisonment would work for me. I'm not big on executions."

An employee with St. Vincent de Paul said Neal would use their free storage lockers downtown and always thanked them for their services.

KEZI 9 News did a public record search on Neal and could not find any criminal history or civil cases he was involved with in the state.

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