Teen Arrested for Murdering His Great Grandmother
October 7, 2013, 4:53 pm
By Jeremy Scott
CEDAR MILL, Ore. -- The woman who was murdered in her home on Saturday is remembered as a generous donor and volunteer at local non-profits.
The body of 71-year-old Jacqueline Bell was discovered by deputies when they made entry into the home on NW Lee Street near 101st Avenue that she shared with her grandson.
Around the same time that morning, her grandson, 17-year-old Jodah Cain and a friend, 19-year-old Micus Ward were speeding around 135 m.p.h. and driving reckless in the victim's stolen Lexus leading to a traffic stop on Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon.
Authorities say the teens beat Cain's great grandmother to death and stole her ride to drive back to Kansas City where they used to live.
"We've never had anything like this happen in the neighborhood and I just can't believe that this would happen," longtime resident Terri Neal told KGW.
Bell was a frequent donor to Portland State University and served on their alumni board.
"We are deeply saddened. Jacqueline Bell was a long-time and steadfast supporter and was a deeply engaged member of our alumni board for many years. Our sympathies go out to her family and friends," said Vice President for University Advancement, Françoise Aylmer.
She graduated from PSU in 1971. Bell worked at PacifiCorp for nearly two decades before retiring in 1998, where she was remembered as an active, warm and thoughtful person. She also served on the Board of Directors at the Northwest Pilot Project, which provides housing for the elderly.