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Salem teen accused of fatally shooting boy, 16, in south Salem

An 18-year-old Salem man was arrested on charges alleging he shot and killed a 16-year-old boy early Sunday morning in south Salem.

David Ayon-Urbano was arrested on charges including second-degree murder, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday night.

The sheriff’s office said it would not identify the teenage boy who was killed. The agency did not say why it was keeping the victim’s name secret and provided no details about his death.

Sheriff’s deputies responded shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday to a report that a teen had been shot in the 5500 block of South Skyline Road, a residential area on the outskirts of south Salem.

“Attempts to provide emergency medical assistance to the juvenile were not successful,” the sheriff’s office said in its statement. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office asked anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to call Detective Jessica Van Horn at 503-584-6211. 

The agency did not address written questions sent Sunday afternoon, including what led up to the shooting and how, if at all, suspect and victim knew each other.

Ayon-Urbano is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Hwy. S.E.

The sheriff’s office closed Skyline Road between Southeast Quail Run Lane and Southeast Davis Road after the shooting.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed early Sunday morning in the 5500 block of South Skyline Road. (Google Maps)

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.