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Murdered Mother-of-Two Honored at Fundraiser

The murder of Jessie Doyle is an example of Domestic Violence at it's very worst.

Jessie Doyle Cavett
Jessie Doyle and her two children, 2013.
Photo courtesy: Family

(SALEM, Ore.) - One year ago this week, a young mother was murdered at her home in Gresham, Oregon, in front of her two little girls. The perpetrator was the woman’s estranged husband, who had no care whatsoever that a Restraining Order said he should stay away from her.

On that fateful day, 36-year old Joshua Cavett walked up the stairs to the second floor apartment where he yelled and banged on a door until, finally, the door was opened.

Before 27-year old Jessie Doyle could make a move, there was a gun at her head and suddenly it was over. He shot her once, point blank. She was left to die as her oldest daughter, Peyton, desperately tried to save her. The little five-year old found the wherewithal to use the phone, and got help. Peyton is a hero.

Cavett took 2-year old Paige, with him when he fled. Late that night, he was captured and the toddler was returned to family, unharmed.

After a few excruciating hopeful hours at the hospital, Jessie was taken off life support, and she died that night, October 12th, 2013. The world was robbed of a beautiful spirit.

The tragic event may be over, but the repercussions continue, and will be felt for all the lifetimes of her family, friends, and colleagues, every person that loved Jessie. It will especially affect her two children, of course.

To honor Jessie, and to call attention to domestic violence, Jessie’s family is hosting the “For the Love of Jessie Benefit Concert” on Friday night, in Portland.

The concert will be held Friday, October 10th at the Chinese Village Restaurant on Southeast 82nd Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 and the concert starts at 7pm. Dinner, appetizers and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

The entertainment will be non-stop fun. Featured performers are honored to work for such a worthy cause as bringing attention to the challenge of ending domestic violence. World-renowned tribute artists will take the stage at 7, with Michael Knight as Michael Jackson, Mark Stevenz as Elvis Presley, and up and coming stars Anastasia Destiny and Maggie Moravek.

Jessie left behind two young daughters, Peyton, now 6 and Paige, 3. Proceeds from the concert will go to benefit Peyton and Paige.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here or at the door. Donations can also be made at this link.

Jessie’s estranged husband, Josh Cavette has been charged with her murder. He’s scheduled to go to trial next year. The family hopes he will be sentenced with “true life”, at the very least.

Domestic violence is an everyday occurrence, but it does not need to be. Victims are made. Speak out. Reach out. As a society, we must make our boundaries clear, and get help for those that need it.

It’s not too late to help. Please help Jessie’s girls.



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