FBI announces $25,000 reward for Portsmouth murder case (Dec. 2023)

On March 25, 2023, high school students 17-year-old Eskender Tamra, and 19-year-old Babu Daudi, and their 20-year-old friend, Patrick Johnson, were gunned down in a hail of bullets as they drove from University Park adjacent to the Charles Jordan Community Center in the Portsmouth neighborhood.

An FBI press conference was held on November 16, 2023, at University Park near the site of the homicides. According to FBI spokesman, Kieran Ramsey, 3 suspects targeted the three young men and chased the vehicle on foot as they continued to fire. Ramsey said, “The reason we’re here is for this family, and for two other families who are still grieving the heinous, heinous murder of their sons, their brothers, and their nephews. It was a Saturday afternoon back in March of this year, when sadly the young men were gunned down in broad daylight as they were driving away from this very park.”

FBI press conference at University Park
FBI spokesperson with family of murder victim Eskender Tamra and law enforcement officers at University Park

As Eskender Tamra’s family members wept nearby, Tamra’s older sister, Basa, spoke at the press conference. “The family is desperate to get answers to what happened and why…We want to ask the public to come forward because I’m very confident that somebody out there knows something…This is like an open wound for us. We don’t have answers. 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. My heart goes out to the other families that are suffering this.” (KOIN.com).

Basa Tamra requesting help
Basa Tamra asking the public for help finding the murderers of her brother

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to an arrest. See the poster here. If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI Portland Field Office at (503) 224-4181, your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.