- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Three weeks after an Oregon college student-athlete was fatally knifed at a convenience store, the investigation shows the young man did not know his attacker and they had no altercation before the stabbing, a prosecutor said Monday.

“There is no apparent motive that we can come up with,” Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry told a news conference, The Oregonian reported (https://is.gd/OsGBEY).

Parker Moore, 20, was a Linfield College student who grew up in Woodinville, Washington.

Police shot and killed Joventino Bermudez-Arenas, 33, when he returned to the McMinnville store shortly after the stabbing on the night of Nov. 15.

His relatives say the Spanish-speaking man was returning to surrender. Family members earlier told KGW-TV through a translator that Bermudez-Arenas came home from the store, told them there was a problem, and that he was going back to turn himself in to authorities.

Berry told reporters Monday that the man was holding his hands in fists over his head, with one hand clutching a knife. The prosecutor says the man shook his hands three times. The third time, the man also took a step toward officers, who had repeatedly told him to get down.

Berry says three officers fired 15 shots. Bermudez-Arenas was 10 to 12 feet from officers when he took a step toward them and they fired, the prosecutor said.

McMinnville police Sgt. Rhonda Sandoval, Officer Brian McMullen and Officer Justin James will not face charges, the district attorney said.

Relatives of Bermudez-Arenas said he would not have understood instructions in English.

It’s not known whether a language barrier played a part in the shooting, Berry said. Officers followed their training, and often don’t have time to determine the primary language of suspects, he said.

About 2,000 mourners attended a memorial service for Moore at the college gym.

Moore was a business management major and a resident adviser, school officials said.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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