A judge in Clackamas County, Oregon Tuesday denied bail for Adrien Graham Wallace, the uncle of a Mountain View teenager, after Wallace confessed to shooting the 16-year-old and his own mother in the face Monday evening.
According to the arrest statement from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, 41, confessed that he "killed both of them as they tried to leave." The student had visited his grandmother in Lake Oswego.
"We are devastated at the tragic, senseless loss of our beloved son, Nicolas (Nick) Juarez, and our mother Saundra (Sue) Wallace," said a statement from the family. "Nick was the light of all of our lives: a young man of strong faith who loved life and his family."
In his arraignment Wallace was charged with two counts of felony aggravated murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon, Public Information Officer Sgt. Adam Phillips told Mountain View Patch on Wednesday afternoon.
Phillips explained that detectives had already given information to the Clackamas District Attorney's office in preparation for the grand jury. After the grand jury, the DA's office will build the case for the trial. "It there is a trial, it won't be for a long time from now."
"Two people were murdered," Phillps said, who couldn't remember when the last double-murdered had occurred in that county. "We do a good job all the time and we'll do an even more thorough job with this."
Phillips told Patch that Wallace has no identifiable criminal history and that there had been no previous call to service to the residence. He had a traffic ticket ten plus years ago. He was also unemployed, according to Phillips.
A drum player with the SFHS marching and jazz bands, Juarez also attended the youth ministry at . The statement from the family shared that "he also excelled at academics and soccer where he played defense. Nick especially loved to talk and connect with people of all ages and backgrounds."
SFHS also released a statement about the student who would have graduated in 2014.
"Nick was a bright and talented young man with a huge heart. He was a very special part of our Saint Francis family, and and his loss is being felt by our students, parents, faculty, staff and administration," said Patricia Tennant, principal. "We are grieving with the Juarez family during this dark time, and we will continue to pray for them."
Danna Mitchell-Carter, the school's band director added, "He was a positive person. Even when things were bad."
"If we had a bad competition or scored low, he was always positive," she said. "He'd say 'we'll do better next time'. I'm going to miss that. We're going to really miss him."
Juarez is survived by his parents, Martin and Tamara Juarez, his younger sister Sonia.
Funeral arrangements for both Juarez and his grandmother haven't been arranged yet.
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