Two teens face murder charges in Gresham park shooting death

Two teens face murder charges in Gresham park shooting death
Police closed the park during their investigation Friday night. (KATU photo)

GRESHAM, Ore. – Police arrested two boys in connection with the shooting death of a man in a Gresham park Friday night.

Lt. Claudio Grandjean said detectives arrested 15-year-old Reynaldo Antonio Ceja at his girlfriend’s house in Estacada on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The other suspect, 17-year-old Brian Hernandez Cardon, was arrested by Beaverton police on Friday night in Beaverton.

Both boys face one count each of murder and assault. Police took them to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.

KATU normally does not name minors who are accused of crimes, but we named the boys in this case because of the severity of the crimes.

Police said Paulino "Paul" Venancio-Lopez, 33, of Gresham was shot and killed at Red Sunset Park. He was found dead near the basketball courts just before 10 p.m. Friday.

Neighbors said they heard two "pops" around 9 p.m. and then two more several minutes later. They thought they were fireworks.

Police said 22-year-old Omar Merino-Lopez, who had been shot in the leg, walked to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center about six blocks away.

Grandjean said the shooting was "possibly gang-related." Police haven't confirmed if the victims know each other.