Church community prays for murdered mother and her family

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. - A church community spent Wednesday evening praying for Nicole Laube, a young mom who was murdered, and her family.

On a normal Wednesday night senior pastor Rich Jones would be leading a weekly service at Calvary Church in Hillsboro. Last night wasn't a normal Wednesday night, and Jones wasn't at the church. Associate pastor Matthew Dodd told members why.

"I'm sure you are by now aware of the tragic news that struck our pastor and his family, and really our church family too last night. That their oldest daughter, Nicole, was murdered while at work," Dodd said.

Nicole Laube, 29, Jones's daughter, was stabbed to death Tuesday evening at the Timber Creek Apartments on NW Barnes Road in Cedar Mill. Laube had recently started work there, a job she was excited about. Police can't find the suspect.

The crime scene is only a few miles from Calvary Church. Jones started the church when Laube was just a child. It's also the church where Laube married her husband, Chris, almost four years ago.

"We pray that even as you have comforted all of us, you would use us to comfort them," another pastor told the hundreds of people who showed up at Wednesday's service to pray for Laube, Jones and their family.

Laube touched everyone who attended the service with her smiling face and kind heart.

Kathy Wilson helped lead the service in song. She knew Laube as a pastor's daughter but remembers "her beauty and her love for her family."

"All I can think about when I think about Nicole is her kids," Wilson said.

Whoever killed Laube, robbed her son, daughter, and two step children, of a life with their mother. Her husband of almost four years is left without a partner. And, her parents have lost their oldest daughter.

Through it all, Laube's family who's given so much to others, is now supported by the same hands and hearts they've supported over the years. Everyone is grieving the unthinkable, Laube's senseless murder.

"All we can do is pray and know that Nicole is in a better place. She's with the Lord," Wilson said.

Funeral arrangements for Laube haven't been announced yet.

Washington County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray tells KATU News, "no tip is too small" in finding Laube's killer. The more investigators find out about Laube, the more confused they are by her killing, yet Sgt. Ray said investigators are confident someone knows something about what happened.

The sheriff's office wants to hear from anyone with information about Laube's murder.