Police identify victim killed in Tuesday stabbing in NE Portland

One person was killed in a stabbing on Tuesday night at a vigil for another homicide victim earlier this week.

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears

Aja was killed in a stabbing in NE Portland on Tuesday.Portland Police Bureau

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears, 34, was one of two people stabbed at a home on Northeast 92nd Place near East Burnside Street. Portland police have not identified the second person or disclosed that person’s current condition.

Portland police say the stabbing happened at a vigil for Tyrell Penney, who was killed in a recent shooting. Police say about 20 or 30 people were at the vigil, when a fight broke out among several people that led to the stabbings.

Portland police said medics and officers attempted life-saving measures, but Rhone-Spears died at the scene.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Rhone-Spears’ killing was one of two homicides Tuesday that police have confirmed. There were two shooting incidents between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, as well as the stabbing. Portland police have responded to 15 homicides since July 1, the highest rate of homicides in a month in more than 30 years.

—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; jramakrishnan@oregonian.com; @JRamakrishnanOR

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