Oregon shooting- 2 coaches, 1 teen dead, woman wounded

By Faye Higbee

Two Hermiston, Oregon wrestling coaches are dead, along with a 14 year old boy and a woman is hospitalized after an apparent murder-suicide on Thursday.

Police were called to the residence in Hermiston on Thursday at around 11:18 a.m..

KEPRTV reported,

“…they found a 35-year-old woman with an apparent gunshot wound in a bedroom of the home.

Authorities said two other people with fatal gunshot wounds were also found in the bedroom. The two other people were identified as Jason E. Huston, 45, of Hermiston and Kenneth Valdez, the owner of the home on NE 11th Street.

The 35-year-old woman was able to give police a detailed statement about what happened at the home before being taken to the hospital said Edmiston. The woman also told police everyone involved in the incident knew each other.”


James JJ Hurtado – photo released by police while they were searching for him

A 14 year old boy, James “J.J.” Hurtado, was listed as “endangered” Thursday morning, after having been seen with Jason Huston. His body was found in a remote area outside of Hermiston.

Huston’s car was found on Bridge road, and his home was on Morgan Lane. Hermiston police have numerous crime scene to process, so details are sketchy. Hermiston is “the largest town” in Umatilla County in Eastern Oregon, with a population of just over 17,000.

Valdez, the owner of the home, had been shot multiple times. Huston died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said that Hurtado was related to one of the people, but it was unclear which one.

The two coaches coaches were both volunteers at the Hermiston High School. Police have not released a motive, or the name of the woman victim.


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