Arrest in Portsmouth triple murder

Mohammed Osman, suspect in Portsmouth triple murder
Mohammed Osman’s arraignment on June 21.
Photo courtesy of Beth Nakamura, pool/The Oregonian.

The indictment of 18-year old Omar Mohammed Osman on multiple counts of murder was announced on June 20. Osman was 17 years old at the time of the mid-day murder of three youths in a Portsmouth residential neighborhood on March 25, 2023.

Osman pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment at the Justice Center on June 21.

A year of investigative work by Portland police detectives led to the arrest. The shooting occurred as the three young men drove away from University Park. They were met with a volley of gunfire from three individuals on the sidewalk of N. Foss Avenue. The three victims tried to drive away but were followed by the shooters.

The shooting victims were Roosevelt High School student, Daudi Babu, 19, Franklin High student, Eskender Tamra, 17, and Patrick Johnson, 20. Family members described the young men as quiet and respectful.

Osman had been in custody on unrelated charges at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. 

He was indicted on: 
• First Degree Murder
• Second Degree Murder  
• Unlawful Use of a Weapon
• Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
• Recklessly Endangering Another Person
• Animal Abuse in the First Degree

Detectives are still seeking information about two additional suspects who are believed to be involved.

The arraignment date, June 21, is also the birthday of victim Patrick Johnson, who would have been 22 years old. Johnson’s grandmother, Althea Sails, addressed the court and the suspect describing her family as “broken” and asking the suspect “Why?” Alphonsine Vinicius, grandmother of Babu Daudi, also addressed the court.

$25,000 reward offered

On November 16, 2023, an FBI press conference was held at University Park near the site of the homicides. It was announced that a $25,000 reward would be offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

With family members of Eskender Tamra and Portland Police detectives standing nearby, FBI spokesman Kieran Ramsey, said three suspects targeted the young men and chased the vehicle on foot as they continued to fire.

Tamra’s older sister, Basa, speaking for the family said, “We miss Kender. He was a great kid. He was a high school student. He had two jobs. He was responsible. We’re all devastated.” (KOIN.com)