City flags lowered to honor girl who was killed

City flags lowered to honor girl who was killed
Yashanee Vaughn

PORTLAND, Ore. – City of Portland flags are being lowered on Monday to honor Yashanee Vaughn, the 14-year-old girl who was killed but whose body has not yet been found.
 
The Portland City Council approved a resolution in 2009 to lower the city’s flag in honor of children who die from abuse, neglect or homicidal violence.
 
“Our community has lost a bright young person,” said city commissioner Dan Saltzman. “While the investigation continues, it is important that we take a moment to honor her life.”
 
Yashanee was a first-year student at Helensview High School in Portland. 
 
The city flag will be lowered at City Hall, The Portland Building, the World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Convention Center.
 
There has been no sign of Yashanee since March 19. Police have said she was killed, but they have not found her body.
 
Police arrested 16-year-old Parrish Bennette in connection with her death. He has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
 
If you know of child abuse, the city maintains a child abuse hotline. The number is 1-800-509-5439.