PORTLAND, Ore. - We have now learned that a teenager who was murdered over the weekend was simply trying to protect the woman who had opened her home to him when he had nowhere else to go.
Fernando Chavez was just 17 years old and was determined to be the starting quarterback at Cleveland High School. He died early Saturday morning after he chased a man that police think was trying to break into a bedroom window.
Chavez had a difficult childhood. He was passed from home to home and we were told that he did not know his mother. But he became close friends with Cindy Jenik's children and they took him into their home, where he was overcoming all the things that were stacked against him. Those who know him said he was hard working, loved to lift weights and held down a job at a local Mexican restaurant.
"He had a magical touch and he touched everyone he met," said Jenik.
Jenik said she awoke on Saturday to a man trying to remove the screen from her bedroom window. When she screamed, Chavez and her daughter's boyfriend chased the man for several blocks before the man gunned down Chavez in the street at Southeast 55th and Knapp.
Police later arrested Thomas Konschuh, Jr., in connection with the shooting. He appeared in court on Monday, where he fought back tears as a judge formally charged him.
Court records show Konschuh has a criminal history that includes two drunk driving convictions, a reckless driving charge and a charge for harassment.