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Uber Driver Shot Dead by 4 Hoover Gang Members in Portland, Shooters Indicted in Oregon

Uber Driver Shot Dead by 4 Hoover Gang Members in Portland, Shooters Indicted in Oregon

Portland, OR: Four gang members were indicted by a federal grand jury in Portland on Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced this indictment, which charges them with their involvement in the death of a man from Portland in December 2020.

Murder in aid of racketeering, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and causing death through the use of a firearm have been filed against Taezhon Tyreik Kelly, 23, Anthony Devion Bagsby, 32, and Delane William Roy, 25, all of Portland, as well as Cocoa Dalonta Taplin, 28, of Fairview, Oregon.

In an effort to solidify their status within the Hoover Criminal Gang—a gang that participates in racketeering in various states—the indictment claims that on December 11, 2020, Kelly, Bagsby, Taplin, and Roy intentionally murdered D.M., a man from Portland.

Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Portland Police Bureau (PPB), and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) officers detained Bagsby and Taplin in Portland on March 20. Both defendants were placed under arrest after their first federal court appearances; a jury trial is scheduled to begin on April 30, 2024, and last for six weeks.

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Following her apprehension in Halton City, Texas on Tuesday, Kelly made her initial court appearance today in the Northern District of Texas. Following his apprehension in Kaplan, Roy made his initial appearance before the Western District of Louisiana today. The U.S. Attorney’s office reports that both individuals are currently incarcerated pending their extradition to Oregon.

The indictment states that the Hoovers are a notoriously violent street gang in Oregon that is accused of various crimes such as murder, assault, robbery, sex trafficking, and the sale of illicit substances. The Hoover family, who had their start in Los Angeles in the ’60s, relocated to Portland in the ’80s. Everyone in the gang has a certain amount of power and influence based on their age and how active they are in the gang. If a gang member wants to keep their position and advance in the organization, they should be willing to resort to violence.

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