Murder at Albany rodeo shocks friends of victim

One of the event coordinators says he wants to hold a fundraiser to support the victim's family.

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 7:02 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Charming, funny, and intelligent are all words used to describe Hector Cisneros, the 24-year-old victim in a Sunday shooting at a rodeo near Albany.

Cisneros was killed after a fight broke out in the parking lot after the event.

Amanda Filloy taught Cisneros at Linus Pauling Middle School and Corvallis High School. She said he was funny, nice, and always smiling. 

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"It's hard for me to imagine him ending up in a fight that went horribly wrong," Filloy said. 

Filloy said she remembers Cisneros getting along with everyone. 

"I never thought of him as a fighter or an antagonist at all," Filloy said.

KEZI spoke with one of his high school friends, and she said it's not right that Hector is no longer with us.

Arturo Ramos, one of the event coordinators, said it was a shame because everything was going so well. Family and friends gathered together to celebrate the rodeo and their Mexican culture.

"It's unfortunate, but we feel like everything went well besides that," Ramos said. "We felt like we were safe and the event was great."

Ramos said they were in the back when the shots were fired. They ran to the parking lot and found Cisneros on the ground. He said they want to have a fundraiser to help support the Cisneros family. 

The investigation is ongoing. Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates. 

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