Police in Beaverton, OR are calling the death of 13-year-old Miliana Li a homicide, reports KOIN.
Her family reported her missing Monday. They found her body 24 hours later.
“When a 13-year-old is murdered in our community that’s obviously a tragic event that rocks our community and our police department,” Matt Henderson of the Beaverton Police Department said to KPTV. “And I want our community to know that the full power of the Beaverton Police Department’s investigative staff is working this case. And we’re gonna find who did this to Milana.”
The Beaverton School District sent extra counselors to Conestoga Middle School to help students deal with the grief. They set up a support room where students can go to for support.
Oregon Live reports Li went on her daily walk along the Westside Regional Trail to Barrows Park. She never returned. Authorities found her body along a small creek near the trail.
We are all shocked,” family friend Rstay Hofman said. “It feels like we’re living in a movie. We live in such a safe neighborhood. How someone could do this to a 13-year-old, we don’t understand. It didn’t seem like she was a runaway, because she left everything except her cellphone at home. We don’t know if she met someone or if she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, we just don’t know.”
AsAmNews has Asian America in its heart. We’re an all-volunteer effort of dedicated staff and interns. Check out our new Instagram account. Go to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for more content. Please consider interning, joining our staff, or submitting a story, or making a contribution.