Family plead for help in son's murder, reward offered

Barak Rosen - Photo from family members.jpg
Barak Rosen - Photo from family members

The family of a man dead on a Southeast Portland high school track Sunday morning made an emotional plea for help in solving their son's murder.

Police found Barak Rosen, 30, shot to death on the track at the temporary site for Grant High School at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday. Detectives have not identified a suspect and do not know why someone would kill Rosen.

A $2,500 reward is now being offered for information regarding the shooting death of 30-year-old Barak Rosen.

"We want justice for our son, so I appeal to anybody out there to come forward and let the police know," said Jerry Rosen, Barak's father.

Jerry Rosen, his wife Z'ava, and daughter Danya, all flew to Portland on Tuesday to meet with detectives and speak to the media during a press conference.

Family say Rosen moved to Portland in December 2017 from Southern California. They said he moved for new opportunities here. He was living in an apartment near the high school where he was found dead.

"He very much just enjoyed being outdoors. He was an avid hiker and mountain biker. He just really found it peaceful and enjoyed being outdoors and looking forward to staring new opportunities here in Portland," Danya said.

Jerry said his son didn't deserve to die. He called the death senseless.

"We love our son very much and I want everybody to know that, and we appeal again in the strongest terms, please help us find the killer," said Rosen's father. "To me that was a cowardly act... The killer deserves the full extent of prosecution by law in this state."

Neighbors close to the high school say they heard gunshots at about 11:30 p.m. the night before Rosen was found dead. Detectives say they have reports of gunshots in that time period, but cannot say at this point if they are connected to Rosen's death.

"I want you to know we love our son so much that we flew in from southern California to be here because it's important for us to know that our son is getting justice, this individual or individuals -- whoever is responsible for this senseless murder -- is brought to justice," Jerry said.

If you'd like to submit a tip, call 503-823-HELP (4357). A tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a $2,500 reward.

Jerry said, "We love our son and we want this to come to a resolution as fast as possible."