GRESHAM, Ore. – Friends of the woman allegedly murdered by her husband last weekend remembered her as someone who “always believed in the best in people.”
Jessie Cavett, 28, was allegedly shot in the head by her estranged husband, Joshua Cavett, Saturday in her Gresham home. She died Sunday evening, leaving behind two young daughters.
Cavett worked as a stylist at the Bella Institute School of Cosmetology in Southeast Portland. On Tuesday, the school was closed so that her students, coworkers and friends could mourn her loss.
“Jessie had the biggest heart anyone could imagine,” said Kimberly Bottor, owner of the Bella Institute. “She loved her students and adored her children.”
Jessie filed a restraining order against Joshua in August. According to court documents, Joshua had attacked Jessie multiple times earlier this year.
Background: Murder suspect had a history of violence
Bottor and the staff at Bella Institute were planning a fundraiser for Jessie’s family and an awareness campaign for victims of domestic violence. Her coworkers said they knew about the violence, but said Jessie assured them Josh was changing.
“She always believed in the best in people and I think in her situation, she was always hoping for the best and it never came,” Bottor said. Bottor said she hopes the campaign helps others in similar situations.
"I want to challenge all the cosmetology schools out there to take donations because this is a girl from their industry,” Bottor said. “So many people that are going to sit in the chairs of the stylists are going to be abused women. They come in and they talk and I want them to get some awareness out there."
Bottor said she also hopes cosmetology schools will start to offer domestic violence training for their staffs.
The fundraiser takes place Wednesday and Thursday. Money from all services on both days will be donated to Jessie’s family for her memorial and for her two daughters, Bottor said.
KGW Reporter Nina Mehlhaf contributed to this article.