Mother in Oregon Amber Alert shooting has died

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:44 AM

GRESHAM -- Jessie Cavett, 27, shot just before noon Saturday in Gresham, prompting an Amber Alert for her daughter, has died, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office has told KGW.

Joshua Cavett, 36, was arrested, and the couple’s daughter found safe around 9 p.m.

Friends and neighbors described a violent relationship between her and Cavett.

Cavett was critically injured following the shooting at the Holly Ridge Apartments in Gresham. Cavett,  was arrested and the couple’s daughter found safe around 9 p.m. after police put out the Amber Alert.

Background: Suspect recognized, arrested after Amber Alert; girl unharmed

Ivan Rangel is a close friend of Jessie and student at the Bella Institute School of Cosmetology in Southeast Portland where she teaches.

He said Jessie was in the process of getting a divorce and lived in fear of Joshua.

“I don’t know why it took forever, but apparently their divorce wasn’t the easiest or nicest. She was afraid something like this might happen,” Rangel said.

He described Jessie as a fun and carefree person who loved her 2 and 5-year-old daughters. Rangel said Jessie was getting ready to go to the pumpkin festival with her kids when Joshua showed up Saturday.

“She had been threatened for quite some time, and I guess we all just didn’t listen. She was afraid,” Rangel said. “She would text me sometimes at three in the morning saying ‘I’m afraid tonight. I’m home alone and I’m just afraid.’”

Joshua has a lengthy criminal record in Oregon and is a member of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club. In 2007, he was convicted of assault and several subsequent probation violations. According to court records obtained by KGW, Jessie applied for a restraining order against him on Aug. 5.

Photos: Shooting suspect Joshua Cavett mug shots

Before moving to Gresham, Jessie lived in Southeast Portland where her neighbors would babysit for her two kids and see Joshua around.

“He lived here for a while, but it was off and on. He did some jail time and what not,” said a woman who asked to not be identified. “He really did love that little girl and would turn into a cupcake trying to play with her, but he was such a jerk otherwise. He was not a good human being.”

Jessie’s neighbor also described the couple’s turbulent relationship.

“She had said to us a couple of times that he had abused her and every time he’d leave we’d tell her ‘Good riddance girl. Move on,” she said. “She just went back over and over. It was heartbreaking.”

Police canceled the Amber Alert Saturday night after arresting Joshua who was armed on foot with his daughter in the 1500 block of Southwest Pleasant View Drive. A neighbor recognized him from news reports and called police. He was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on assault and attempted murder charges.

Cavett’s daughter was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. She was unharmed.

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KGW reporter Wayne Havrelly contributed to this report.

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