By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS
Bend Police remained stationed outside a house near the base of Pilot Butte Monday after two people were found dead inside Saturday night.
Late Monday, police announced the deaths were a homicide but did not believe the public was in any danger.
The victims were identified 29-year-old Natasha Newby and her fiancee, 34-year-old Raymond Atkinson Jr.
“It’s been closed off, we really can’t get any closer,” Jordan, a neighbor, said.
“I never knew them, I never knew their names,” said Taylor, another neighbor. “It was pretty quiet as far it goes over there.”
Just before 10 p.m. Saturday night, Bend Police responded to a neighbor’s call for a wellness check at 932 NE 12th Street in Bend.
Neighbors spoke with me about the aftermath.
“I got off early on Saturday night so I got here about 10 minutes before the first cop car arrived,” said Taylor, who only gave first name. “My husband and I were just inside and heard sirens and quickly saw the sirens go down our street. We popped outside just in time to see an officer exiting his car with a shogun in his hand so we came back inside!”
“I just got home and it was around 11 o clock at night,” said Jordan, also only giving his first name. “A bunch of cop cars pulled up. Probably around 20 cars.”
“It is really a place that we feel safe and happy to live,” said Taylor. “So this has been an interesting experience for us and our neighbors.”