By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Some surprising information came out recently regarding the Jerrid Goodpaster homicide at Keizer Station.
Among those surprised? His father, Eric Goodpaster.
Jerrid, 28, was fatally shot in a Keizer Station parking lot near Starbucks on Valentine’s Day evening. No arrests have been made yet, but detectives with the Keizer Police Department did talk to two persons of interest in Eugene two days after the homicide.
Those two were identified recently by The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, which got the names and other information from a court document that has since been sealed.
The paper named the two suspects as Salem’s Timothy Bernard Calloway, 24, and Portland’s Diontay Edward Wilson, 26. Calloway and Wilson were arrested in relation to other crimes but were both interviewed in regards to the Goodpaster shooting.
“Calloway and Wilson are serving time for unrelated crimes at this time,” KPD deputy chief Jeff Kuhns said on Tuesday. “Nobody, including either of them, has been arrested for or charged with any crimes in relation to the Goodpaster homicide investigation. Our investigation is ongoing to this day.”
From the start, KPD officials have stressed Goodpaster knew the suspects involved with the shooting and thus the public wasn’t in danger.
“I have stated many times publicly that we believe we have identified everyone who was present when the homicide occurred,” Kuhns said.
Eric Goodpaster said the lack of information the family has gotten from police is frustrating.
“We have gotten very little information from them,” Eric told the Keizertimes. “Most of what we know came from The Register-Guard. I think there’s a lot (the KPD) are not telling us. But until they charge those two, we don’t have a whole lot to go on.”
The shooting took place shortly after 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in a parking lot near Starbucks.
Jerrid graduated from McNary High School in 2006 and married Angela later that year. Eric said the two had met the summer before, when Jerrid was working a construction job in Tillamook.
According to The Register-Guard, a search warrant affidavit showed Jerrid had set up a time to meet the suspects at Keizer Station. Witnesses told KPD detectives they saw two men arguing before one got into a dark sedan and took off, while the other lay on the ground. The death was believed to stem from a marijuana deal gone bad. Jerrid died at Salem Hospital due to injuries from a single gunshot to the abdomen, according to documents.
The newspaper further noted the affidavit stated a medical marijuana card and cell phone were found in Jerrid’s pocket, with the phone having a conversation about the victim selling the suspect an ounce of marijuana for $120.
Eric said his son’s medical marijuana use goes back to when he blew out his knee playing football at MHS. That derailed hopes of playing football at the college level.
“I knew he had the card,” Eric said of his son. “I knew he was smoking pot and had the plants. We talked about it several times. They had talked about having children, but that’s a no go with the plants. He’d had knee problems since high school and said the marijuana helped.”
However, Eric strongly disagrees with the idea his son was selling drugs.
The newspaper stated court documents showed detectives traced the phone number Jerrid sent messages to as belonging to Wilson. A family member told detectives Wilson and Calloway came to her home the night of the shooting and described a drug deal gone bad in Keizer.
On Feb. 16, Keizer and Eugene police officers teamed up to arrest Calloway and Wilson in Eugene.
According to the newspaper story, the man driving Wilson that night told cops he knew Wilson and Calloway were in trouble and had “probably hurt somebody” and said the two washed their clothing at his home before planning to leave for Los Angeles.
Eric said Jerrid had quit construction and started work at a catering company.
“He really enjoyed that,” Eric said. “He and Angela were in the mindset that they wanted to have a house and be set in their careers before having a family. They had the house. They had started to talk about having kids again.”
Eric, who talked on the phone with his son shortly before the shooting, still wants more information from police about that night.
“I understand they’re wanting to be rock solid, but I think they have information that doesn’t have a bearing on the legality of the case,” the father said. “There is information they could share.”
With no arrests or charges, Eric said the frustration builds.
“I hope something happens soon,” he said. “It’s be nice to at least have some closure. But really, there’s never going to be closure.”