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Police visit neighbors, ask for any information on Whiteaker homicide investigation

Eugene Police officers went door-to-door Tuesday searching for any witnesses, photos or videos from the night Anthony Xavier Johnson was killed in the Whiteaker neighborhood. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Police spent Tuesday canvassing the Whiteaker, searching for witnesses, information, photos or videos in the Anthony Xavier Johnson homicide investigation.

Johnson’s body was found on September 1 near the area of West 4th Avenue between Monroe and Adams Street.

Officials say the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear at this time. However, they said they initially responded to the area on a call of shots fired.

Police are now asking for any information on vehicles in surveillance photos or their passengers. They say they may have witnessed the incident.

Tuesday, officers went door to door, talking to neighbors in the area about what happened.

Detective Matt Herbert said it’s a time-sensitive situation.

“Often times systems can have a shelf life of a few days, sometimes it can be a few months,” Herbert said.

The victim in the investigation had a previous arrest record.

According to a Eugene Police report, he was taken into custody in Eugene in June on a warrant out of Washington state.

At the time, he was charged as a fugitive from justice.

Family and friends held a vigil for Johnson over the weekend. They painted him in a different light as a loving father, brother and friend.

Anyone with information or video is asked to call the tip line at (541) 682-5175.

Police asked anyone with video who is unsure how to preserve or share the video to contact Detective Matt Herbert at (541) 682-5147 or Detective Jennifer Curry at (541) 682-5166.

Investigators also want information on vehicles seen in the area. The occupants of the cars may have witnessed the incident. If you recognize the vehicles in the surveillance photos, please call (541) 682-5175.

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