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Bend men’s shooting deaths shock friends, families


(Update: Statement from Herrick’s family)

The deaths of two Bend men in a weekend shooting at a northeast Bend home have their families, friends and colleagues shocked and searching for answers.

According to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, Tyler Herrick 31, entered his next-door neighbor’s home, left and returned with an AR-15 rifle, then shot through a front window, into a home, killing resident Kyle Adams, 33, then entered and was shot by another resident, Brennan Pebbles, in self-defense.

According to the DA, Kyle Adams was not friends with neighbor Herrick, only acquaintances with them.

After that living-room shooting, Pebbles grabbed his own gun and ran upstairs, hiding in the bathroom of the master bedroom.

When Herrick came looking for him upstairs — the DA said he was “methodically hunting him down — Pebbles shot Herrick.

NewsChannel 21 also received a statement Tuesday from Sherri Herrick, the mother of Tyler Herrick, which reads:

“As a family, we are devastated by the loss of Tyler. We realize that we are not the only people affected by this tragedy and that there are other families and friends who are suffering. Our love, support, and prayers go out to everyone involved.

“This event is not reflective of the Tyler we have known his entire life. We would like to thank the Bend Police Department for their professionalism and compassion. The Bend community has been wonderful in their support during our time of grief. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.”

NewsChannel 21 also has reached out to the families and friends of Adams for any comments they might wish to share, as well as to Pebbles.

Cassidy Cushing was a good friend of Herrick. She said Tyler’s friends and family are in absolute shock.

“Tyler was an incredible friend and amazing person. He was so kind and thoughtful. He would do anything for his friends or his family. He would drop everything he was doing if you had a question or needed help,” Cushing said.

Herrick worked with Cushing at G5, a Bend search marketing firm, for several years. She said Tuesday she wants people to remember the person he was before this past weekend’s events.

“The one thing that I want people to know about Tyler, or his friends to do, is keep spreading the person that we know Tyler is and showing that he was love and family. He loved his family so much,” Cushing said.

Cushing said friends of Tyler have been coming together since his death to talk about the person he was.

“Try and shed any light on the confusion that’s going around and look for clues, talk to each other, discuss the conversations — the last conversations we had with Tyler, and try figure out if there is anything we can think of that was off or that could have alerted us to the fact that something was wrong,” Cushing said.

The case is still being investigated and Hummel said they’ll continue digging until they find out why this happened.

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