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Friends say shooting victim was killed by Eugene resident

Friends told KEZI 9 News Andrew Cervantes was drunk when he wandered onto a property on Avalon Street.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2019 4:22 PM
Updated: Feb. 25, 2019 7:39 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- New details emerged Thursday about the shooting death in west Eugene, which the victim's family called a "senseless slaying."

Andrew Cervantes, 31, of Eugene died from gunshot wounds he suffered Saturday night, according to police.

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Friends told KEZI 9 News Cervantes was drunk when he wandered onto a property on Avalon Street after 10:30 that night, and at some point, he was shot and killed by someone in the home. KEZI reached out to police, but they were unwilling to discuss the case, which is still under investigation.

Friends said Cervantes worked at Green City Plumbing and Construction and had just applied for an apprenticeship. A written statement from his family said there aren’t enough kind words to describe him and they said his death wasn’t justified or necessary. His family asks for privacy and respect during this time.

The following is the family's full statement: 

"First and foremost the family is asking for privacy and respect. This was so completely unexpected and has been an unbearable tragedy to deal with. Nothing in Andrew's character would have ever made anyone think that something like this could happen to him. He was so incredibly sweet and loving and he was deeply loved by so many friends and family members. He was just an all-around wonderful man. There aren't enough kind words to describe him. He was gentle and passionate, smart and funny. His smile was so big and bright, and his laugh was heartwarming and contagious.

"The whole situation is a complete tragedy and the family wants answers. His death was in no way justified or necessary. It was a senseless slaying. He is already so terribly missed and always will be. Words just can't describe the heartache we all feel."

Employer statement:

"Andrew was a good friend and a dedicated employee he will be sorely missed by all of us at Green City! His soul has touched me and my family and everyone he met through work. He will never be forgotten." -- Mike Donahue, Green City Plumbing and Construction.

Family friend statement:

We need answers and are praying that the detectives investigating this do their very best work and understand that Andrew was a member of a family and had lots of people who loved him dearly. He deserves Justice. This didn't have to happen and he should still be here with us. I think it's sad that the leaders of this town have allowed our citizens to feel so unsafe and fearful that they have no compassion for others, instead they feel the need to execute someone without cause.

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