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Hundreds mourn Forest Grove's Nicole Laube
Father issues plea for help in finding his daughter's killer
Nearly 1,000 family, friends, acquaintances and strangers filled the sanctuary of Beavertons Southwest Bible Church Thursday evening to remember Nicole Laube, the 29-year-old Forest Grove mother of four who died after being stabbed Aug. 19 while working at Timber Creek Apartments in Cedar Mill.
Laube was remembered by family and friends as loving and determined, firmly rooted in her faith and dedicated to family.
Her parents, Rich and Jordi Jones, and husband, Chris Laube, spoke publicly for the first time since her death.
Rich Jones, lead pastor at Calvary Chapel Worship Center's Hillsboro campus, thanked friends for their support; Washington County Sheriffs Office for its diligence; the media; and his church family, who carry our burden. We grieve together. We want to thank people all over the greater Portland area. There are still many good people in this world, he said.
Jones made a plea for help in finding his daughters killer. Someone knows something, he said. Will you call?
Chris Laube said that Aug. 28 would have been the couples fourth wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary, babe. I love you, and Ill always be thankful for the time we had together, he said.
The Jones neighbors, Anita and Dean Huggins, whose children grew up with the Jones children, recalled Laube as a ringleader of fun and adventure. Anita Huggins spoke of Laubes multiple entrepreneurial endeavors as a young girl, including when she converted our little street into a toll road.
Laughter and tears flowed throughout the evening as Laubes life story was told in videos, photos and loving tributes.
As a child she overcame Kawasaki disease, an immune disease that affects blood vessels, skin, mucous membranes and lymph nodes. She was a state champion javelin thrower at Life Christian High School in Aloha and, as several people recalled, had an Olympic-caliber cannonball.
At age 19, Laube was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy. As she began to lose her hair, her mother, Jordi Jones, offered multiple times to buy her a wig. Jordi recalled Laube refusing the wig and saying, Mom, if people dont like it, thats their problem. She finally did get a wig, but her brothers wore it, her mother joked.
She chased after life with a particular zest, recalled Jonathan Ramberg, who led Calvarys youth ministry when Laube was a teen. If you met her you knew she had a spirit and a soul.
As congregants filtered out of the sanctuary, several children distributed Love Rocks made by Laubes children, a tradition started by Tom Robinson and Susan Dieter-Robinson, parents of Anna and Abigail, the two Forest Grove girls killed last fall when they were accidentally struck by a car while hiding in a pile of leaves.
Laubes murder remains a mystery. She was found just after 5 p.m. on Aug. 19, lying on the ground in a parking lot of The Commons at Timber Creek apartments in Cedar Mill, where she worked as a leasing agent. A resident at the complex reported that Laube said she had been stabbed by a man wearing a black hoodie and camouflage-colored pants. She was pronounced dead shortly after deputies arrived at the scene.
WCSO is asking anyone with information to call 503-629-0111.