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Man Sought in Oregon Double Homicide

The person of interest is 22-year old Matthew Avina-Norris. He is described by authorities as an Hispanic male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5'11'' tall and 175 lbs.

Double homicide investigation
22-year old Matthew Avina-Norris

(KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.) - Three shooting victims were found injured, two fatally, early Sunday morning at an apartment at 4520 Bristol Avenue, according to Klamath County Chief Deputy District Attorney David P. Groff.

Preliminary investigation found that 20-year old Marissa Lynn Orlow was found dead at the scene. 22-year old David Joshua Kitts, and 18-year old Melissa Ann Kitts, were transported to the hospital, where David Kitts later died. David and Melissa were husband and wife.

Their next of Kin have been notified by the authorities.

"This case is being investigated as an apparent double homicide," Groff said. Detectives and investigators with the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, the Klamath Falls City Police, the Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections and the OSP Crime Lab are all involved.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated and is investigating the deaths, and are now seeking to contact a person of interest in the shooting of three Klamath Falls residents early this morning.

The person of interest is 22-year old Matthew Avina-Norris. He is described by authorities as an Hispanic male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5'11'' tall and 175 lbs.

Authorities believe Avina-Norris has ties to communities throughout the western United States. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Avina-Norris can call the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 541-883-5145 ext. 603, 24 hours a day. Police say no one should attempt to approach Avina-Norris, and they are seeking more information, "The Major Crime Team is actively pursuing a variety of leads at this time," Groff said. Preliminary investigation suggests that this is not a domestic violence matter. The investigation is ongoing.




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Some guy August 25, 2010 12:52 am (Pacific time)

David was my best friend and he was taken from me for money I am glad the guy got what he had coming david was a good guy cared about his family now he is gone its ppl like this murderer that make nice ppl turn to bad ppl you take away someone special and then hearts become cold its really sad


elizabeth November 18, 2009 2:14 pm (Pacific time)

you know what i don't believe that Matt could ever do something like that it makes me mad to know that people think he did it when really i think that he is just taking the fall because he would not rat someone out Matt i love you and miss so much i wish i could see you the police to investigate more and find the real person who did it and everyone else needs to shut their face!!!!!!! TEARS :(


some marrisa loved August 15, 2009 11:18 am (Pacific time)

trying my hardest to help Marrissa out and make things better did not work.so i left her knowing you can not change someone no madder how hard you try.they have to change there self.her daughter was the world to me and family and mom.she was a good person that would never have ask for such thing..my love gos out to her family and friends..sensually klamath falls resident....and x boyfriend


some marrisa loved August 15, 2009 11:12 am (Pacific time)

trying my hardest to help Marrissa out and make things better did not work.so i left her knowing you can not change someone no madder how hard you try.they have to change there self.her daughter was the world to me and family and mom.she was a good person that would never have ask for such thing..my love gos out to her family and friends..sensually klamath falls resident....and x boyfriend


Anonymous December 2, 2008 7:20 pm (Pacific time)

I want everyone to know that Matthew is not a bad person. He is a kind, caring person. He is the kind that would stick up for people when they were being bullied. He is my friend and I know the last thing he would want to is hurt anyone. We all need to remember there were 5 other people there. What ever happened to innocent until proven guily?


T October 29, 2008 2:12 pm (Pacific time)

I knew him for a short while and what I knew of him was he had heart, then. He really looked up to my fiance, my fiance could get him to calm down when needed. But that night before my fiance wanted nothing to do with him because of how he was acting. I pray for him and the families, he really did want out but there was no other way.


Kevin R Brown September 28, 2008 12:50 pm (Pacific time)

In the deepest search for truth and understanding its better to question, "HOW?", rather than, "WHY?" "HOW"..runs much deeper and brings about greater healing for all the victims. Experiences come in all different forms within emotion. Digging up  "HOW" puts rest to all the dis-ease. The deceased understand more than us all for they know, HOW, this treacherous situation happened. God Bless ALL the victims including Mateo. Kev and Chueco


Kevin R Brown September 28, 2008 12:10 pm (Pacific time)

In the deepest search for truth and understanding its better to question, "HOW?", rather than, "WHY?" "HOW"..runs much deeper and brings about greater healing for all the victims. Experiences come in all different forms within emotion. Digging up "HOW" puts rest to all the dis-ease. The deceased understand more than us all for they know, HOW, this treacherous situation happened. God Bless ALL the victims including Mateo. Kev and Chueco


Anonymous April 2, 2008 10:18 am (Pacific time)

I dated this guy for a while and he scared the holy hell out of me a few times, he is very dangerous, and there is definitely a mysterious evil lurking inside of this man. He has never hurt or been violent towards me, don't get me wrong. I wouldn't stand for anything like that ever. There is a very kind, caring and loving side to him. He has a son and his baby's mother is a wonderful, sweet girl. I just hope he gets help and someone fixes the mental problems he has. I am also very sorry for the loss the victims families have faced, as I know his family is as well (I used to know them) Has anyone gotten any updates on this case?


some1 March 28, 2008 1:45 pm (Pacific time)

It is so hard to understand why someone would ever hurt david or marissa and i hope her father is doing good... sadly melissa is back to her same old ways and learned nothing from this tragic event that took her own husband from her and she still goes back into that world.... its sadddddddddddd!


William Orlow - Marissa's Father March 11, 2008 9:28 pm (Pacific time)

It saddens me that someone would shoot anybody and it really makes me sick that it was one of my own. I have no regrets for the anger that I have toward Matthew, but it is very deep dark, but by the same token, my child would not want this anger. I think and shed tears about her every day. I pray and hope that Melissa is doing well. I would like to see and talk to her in order to keep the spirit and thoughts of her husband and my daughter alive. William S. Orlow


kt and family March 8, 2008 5:52 pm (Pacific time)

david and marissa were such good friends and they are missed so much each and every day love u guys miss you and lay matt flat like he did those 2 that sick rainy day.


kt and family March 8, 2008 5:50 pm (Pacific time)

david and marissa were such good friends and they are missed so much each and every day love u guys miss you and lay matt flat like he did those 2 that sick rainy day.


Anonymous August 24, 2007 2:31 pm (Pacific time)

That picture is probably from when he was in jail previously. He was caught thank God and will now have to face his sentencing for the horrific crimes he committed. He probably should of never been let out from previous crimes he committed, seeing that he already is a felon. Hopefully he will realize while he is young that gang activity does not pay. Now when he serves time for 2 murders and 1 attempted murder, he will really see what its like to be a bully and see whats it like in prison with men who do not care either.


DaveAgain August 23, 2007 11:01 am (Pacific time)

Where in the story does it say he was caught? It says they're seeking him as a person of interest. That would indicate the photo is a jail file photo. Therefore, the injuries on his scowling face have nothing to do with this case. It would also indicate that this "pretty boy" has had prior scrapes with the law. And...he's likely armed - and yes, dangerous. All I see in that face is a look of defiance - that he'll do whatever he wants to. And it appears he does just that. They said Daumer was a pretty boy, too. DA


CB August 22, 2007 10:20 pm (Pacific time)

it is sad that i am related and that it has to be this way...too young , and two young lives were taken, i know what happend it was gang related and he wanted money....


0 August 22, 2007 12:07 am (Pacific time)

that is my cousin in law....oh my god, how am i suposed to tell this to my fiance?


KR August 21, 2007 10:56 am (Pacific time)

Im from Klamath, and Marissa was a friend of mine in High School. This is sad, and I am glad they caught him!


JB August 20, 2007 7:28 pm (Pacific time)

Tell that to his victims Realist.


Realist August 20, 2007 5:41 am (Pacific time)

Evil looking? There's nothing evil about his look! He looks like he got beat up for being a bad boy in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Shoottokill August 20, 2007 1:05 am (Pacific time)

My god that has to be the most evil looking face I have seen in YEARS. Seriously.

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