GRESHAM – A Southeast Portland cosmetology school is holding a fundraiser for the family of the Gresham woman allegedly killed in a domestic violence attack Saturday.
Jessie Cavett was shot in the head and later died. Police believe her estranged husband Joshua Cavett killed her in a fit of rage just two months after she took out a restraining order against him.
Jessie worked as a stylist and a teacher at the Bella Institute School of Cosmetology at 2215 Southeast Division Street in Portland. Owner Kimberly Bottor said the school would donate proceeds from all services purchased on Wednesday and Thursday to a fund for Cavett's memorial and her two daughters - ages 2 and 5.
"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."
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“Jessie had the biggest heart anyone could imagine,” Bottor said. “She loved her students and adored her children. 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.”
The Bella Institute is also taking part in an awareness campaign for victims of domestic violence. Bottor said she hopes the campaign will help others in similar situations and that cosmetology schools will offer domestic violence training for their staff.