Source: Victim and accused killer knew each other from church

Source: Victim and accused killer knew each other from church
Farouk A. Eldabaa.

SALEM, Ore. – The man who was found dead in the parking lot of a vegetable packing company Wednesday morning knew his killer from church, according to a law enforcement source.

Police say 44-year-old Farouk Alexander Eldabaa of Keizer turned himself in Tuesday night and police say he killed 46-year-old Eric P. Davis of Dallas with a gun, according to a probable cause statement.

The law enforcement source says the two men knew each other from church and had been involved in a dispute, and police are looking into the possibility it was over a woman.

According to the court document, Davis was seen on video surveillance outside the NORPAC plant at 2325 Madrona Avenue S.E. in Salem meeting with someone in a white SUV at the end of the day Tuesday.

The SUV drove out of camera view and Davis was walking in the same direction. The SUV was later seen leaving, but Davis never left.

Police say they determined Eldabaa had rented a white SUV from a local dealer. They say they spoke to one of his relatives who told them Eldabaa had confessed to killing Davis.

Davis' body was discovered by plant employees in the parking lot at about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Davis was a warehouse supervisor for the plant and had been with the company for five years.

Eldabaa is charged with murder with a firearm.