PORTLAND The woman found dead in her Cedar Mill home Saturday was a well-known Portland philanthropist.
Jacqueline Bell, 71, died of blunt force trauma, according to investigators. Her 17-year-old great grandson, Jodah Cain and his 19-year-old friend, Micus Ward, were arrested for her murder.
Bell was well-known in Portland as a generous donor and volunteer at local nonprofit agencies.
Neighbors said they were shocked by her death.
We've never had anything like this happen in the neighborhood and I just can't believe that this would happen, said longtime Cedar Mill resident Terri Neal.
According to her peers, Bell was very active in several nonprofit agencies in the Portland area.
She previously served on the Board of Directors at the Northwest Pilot Project, which provides housing to the elderly.
She was also a longtime donor to Portland State University, her Alma Mater.
We are deeply saddened by this news. Jacqueline Bell was a longtime and steadfast supporter of Portland State University and was a deeply engaged member of our alumni board for many years. Our sympathies go out to her family and friends, said Francoise Aylmer, Vice President for University Advancement at PSU.
Bell worked for PacifiCorp from 1980 to 1998, when she retired. She was an active, warm and thoughtful person, according to PacifiCorp spokeswoman Jan Mitchell.