HILLSBORO — At press time for this newspaper, authorities were asking the public’s help in identifying the person who on Aug. 19 stabbed to death the daughter of a longtime local pastor.
According to the Washington County She-riff’s Office, before Nicole Laube, 29, died, she reportedly told a woman who lived in the apartment complex where Laube worked that she had been stabbed and that her attacker wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants,
Deputies, however, had not yet confirmed what the suspect was wearing and they had no specific leads, according to The Oregonian. When they arrived at the scene, they found Laube bleeding and unconscious. She later died at the scene of a stab wound to the chest. The sheriff’s office said it was unknown whether the attack was a random incident or whether Laube had been specifically targeted.
Laube was hangiing lease renewal flyers on doors at the Commons at Timber Creek apartment complex, 12264 N.W. Barnes Road in Cedar Mill around 5 p.m. when she was attacked in the parking lot.
A mother of four, Laube was the daughter of Rich Jones, pastor of Calvary Chapel Worship Center in Hillsboro, and his wife, Jordi. The church began years ago as a small group in the Joneses’ home.
Matthew Dodd, the church’s associate pastor, told KGW News that Laube was supposed to meet her father for dinner the night that she was killed. Jones tried to reach her by phone, but she didn’t answer, then Jones heard the news of a murder at the apartment complex where she worked, so he called and the police informed Jones that they needed to talk with him,
The evening after Laube’s death, hundreds of members and visitors packed the church for a prayer, song and reflection service in response. Laube was remembered as a loving mother who married her husband, Chris, four years ago. The Laubes were very active in the church and volunteered in the preschool. Friends said Laube was always smiling. She was a cancer survivor and competed in physique and fitness competitions. She attended Life Christian High School in Aloha and was a standout high school javelin thrower,
At the prayer service, Dodd reminded the congregation that although such a loss is impossible to understand, that God provides comfort in the pain. He called those in attendance to show their support to the Joneses, who have ministered to so many of them.
A notice posted on the church’s web site says Dan and Nancy Blackstone of Blackstone Gun Safety offered a $1,000 reward to the person who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual who murdered Laube. Others have added to this reward fund and it now stands at $10,000. Anyone with information about Laube’s death should phone the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2500 or 503-629-0111. Anyone wanting to add to the reward fund should e-mail Dan@BlackstoneGunSafety.com.