Sharis Memorial

A makeshift memorial of balloons and a bouquet of flowers for Jason Scott Williams is tied to the bike rack outside of the Shari’s restaurant on Ninth Street on Sunday afternoon. Messages on the balloons included “you will be missed” and “#1 Dad.”

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“We love you.”

“RIP Jason.”

“Keep your head up.”

“#1 Dad.”

All these messages were handwritten on balloons at a makeshift memorial placed on the bike rack at the Ninth Street Shari’s Restaurant in Corvallis — near where 29-year-old Corvallis resident Jason Scott Williams was shot to death Friday night.

The Corvallis Police Department has not yet made any arrests or announced any suspect information in its investigation of the death of Williams. He was killed around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

An employee of the Corvallis Shari’s said they reopened Saturday afternoon; they were open and had several full tables Sunday afternoon.

Marv Haider, a Philomath resident, ate at the restaurant with visiting family Sunday and said he was in disbelief when he heard about the crime Friday.

“There’s not crime here. That’s one of those nice things about Corvallis,” he said.

He and his family looked at the memorial as they were leaving the restaurant.

“It’s really bizarre,” he said of the crime.

CPD released no new information about the case Sunday, but Lt. Cord Wood, a CPD spokesperson, explained his past statements that he did not believe there was a threat to the public regarding the case.

“The violence that happened appeared to be focused for this event,” he said. “There was a restaurant full of people nearby, so there were other opportunities for violence that did not happen.”

Wood said he couldn’t answer questions about why the department didn’t have a description of any suspects. He did say the department finished collecting evidence at the scene Saturday afternoon and allowed the Shari’s to reopen. Now, he said, the investigators are doing interviews, following up on tips and examining information.

He couldn’t give an estimate on how many officers were working on the case, but said they have assistance from the Linn Benton Major Crime Team, which includes the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Philomath and Albany police departments and Oregon State Police.

“We’ve dedicated as many investigators as we possibly can (to the case),” Wood said.

Wood said investigations like this can take time because it takes time for the right person to come forward or the right piece of information to arise.

“It’s not like TV where you take something to the lab and five minutes later you have DNA,” he said.

Wood said sometimes people can have a perception of how long murder investigations take that is not based in reality.

“These things take a while because they have to be done right. Not everything can have an immediate result,” he said.

Anthony Rimel can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.

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