A candlelight vigil and celebration of life for Sam Mullane, 18, will be held at the Yachats Commons starting at 8pm Friday night. It’ll be held at the Yachats Commons Peace Garden that Mullane helped design and build.
A shocked Yachats community learned that Mullane had been killed late Thursday night, May 31st, by the Oregon State Police SWAT Team as they approached his Ten Mile Creek home, 12 miles up the road from Highway 101. Exact details of what specifically occurred to possibly warrant the killing has not yet been announced. The investigation is still ongoing.
Mullane was described by friends and many in Yachats, as a kid who had overcome a very tough childhood, but that he was a kind and loving member of the community. Having said that, they also said that he had recently been seen hanging around what was described as “the wrong crowd.” It was that “wrong crowd” that was hanging around Mullane’s home (a family inheritance) up Ten Mile Creek Road. OSP SWAT was there to take Matthew Hubeny and Justin Wood into custody in connection with a violent beating of a man in Yachats May 10th, during which a gun or guns, held by Matthew Hubeny and his mother, was pointed at him during a dispute. After the beating the man was rushed to the hospital with very serious injuries. Julie Anne Hubeny was later arrested at her Yachats home. But Lincoln County authorities couldn’t find her son Matthew or his alleged accomplice Justin Wood.
Then, on a tip, it was learned that Hubeny, Wood and another “person of interest” was at the Mullane home, 12 miles up the road from Highway 101. An OSP news release states that as the SWAT Team was approaching the home, Mullane appeared on the porch, armed with a rifle. Within a short time, SWAT opened fire and Mullane was dead. Wood ran out the back door and escaped. Hubeny and an unidentified female were apprehended. Hubeny was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges related to the May 10th beating. Wood was arrested two days later walking along a Forest Service Road near Yachats. He was lodged in the jail on similar charges.
More of the aftermath of Mullane’s death was covered in a story appearing in the Eugene Register Guard. Click here.