Slain SE Portland woman was helping homeless

Slain SE Portland woman was helping homeless

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Posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 7:25 PM

PORTLAND -- A woman found dead in her Southeast Portland apartment earlier this month was reportedly killed by a man she had allowed to stay with her through a homeless program, according to KGW news partner The Oregonian.

Nikayly Powell, 32, volunteered at Operation Nightwatch, a drop-in center in downtown Portland for the homeless hosted by St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish.

Mark D. Beebout, 39, a sex offender, has been accused of murder in her death. He was arrested in Seattle and will be extradited to Portland.  Investigators said he also stole Powell's dog, car and debit card.

Powell's body was found July 10 in her apartment on Southeast Belmont Street after neighbors noticed a foul odor.

Powell had volunteered for about six months and Beebout had been dropping in for about three months, according to the Oregonian report.

Operation director Gary Davis said Powell, a shy person, started spending time with one or two homeless people each night at the facility. Volunteers were encouraged to talk to the homeless or play table games.

Staff members at Nightwatch said Powell was a dear, caring person and brought light to others' lives.

Nightwatch officials told KGW they recently learned that Powell had allowed Beebout to move into her apartment, which was against program rules, for safety reasons.

"We pride ourselves in our ability to guarantee a safe space for all who attend our hospitality centers," Nightwatch said in a prepared statement Wednesday. "However, we are powerless to extend that guarantee if boundaries are transgressed beyond Nightwatch Hours."

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