Community reacts to Oakridge murders

Matt Altemus has lived in Oakridge his whole life and he says something like this will change the community.

Posted: Feb. 9, 2019 9:37 PM
Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 12:28 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- The community is reacting after two people were murdered in Oakridge on Friday.

The Oakridge Police Department responded to a call about a suspicious incident happening on West 2nd Street. Police said the suspect is now in custody and they said she knew the victims.

Related: OAKRIDGE POLICE: SUSPECT IN DOUBLE MURDER KNEW VICTIMS

Matt Altemus has lived in Oakridge almost his whole life, and he said it will not be easy for the community to heal.

"It's definitely going to be a negative impact on the people of Oakridge. It's pretty upsetting actually. Such a beautiful place to live and a good community. Makes you think they need to crack down," Altemus said.

Oakridge High School and Oakridge Elementary School are less than half a mile from where the murders took place.

The superintendent of Oakridge School DIstrict said she never could have imagined something like this would happen in their community, calling it a "freak incident.

This is an ongoing investigation. Stay with KEZI 9 News for the latest information.

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