Friend of murdered Washington County mom sets up fund to help victim's family

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A friend of the Washington County mother murdered earlier this week is determined to support Nicole Laube's family while they grieve, and she needs your help to do it.

Cassy Leahy knows money can't bring Laube back, but it could make a difference for her family. So, she set up an account on It's called "Help a Murder Victims Kids." People have already donated just over $500 dollars; there's a $5,000 goal.

"She was an amazing mom and an amazing person, so giving to everyone," Leahy said, "I can't help with the investigation. I can't find who did this to her. So that was the best thing I could think of to do."

Laube was found murdered, three nights ago, on Tuesday at the Timber Creek Apartments in Cedar Mill. She recently started working there.

"My first thought was her kids. College educations or just immediate school supplies, food, clothes. It's income that her husband's not going to have anymore," Leahy explained.

Police revealed on Friday exactly what she was doing when she was stabbed to death.

"It appears she was hanging flyers for people that their lease was going to expire," Washington County Sheriff's Spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray said.

The crime is challenging detectives. Laube collapsed in a breezeway on the outskirts of the apartment complex adjacent to a parking lot and a gravel road.

Detectives are going through evidence, but they don't have a suspect or any real leads.

"It seems odd that 5 o'clock in the afternoon, broad daylight, that something like this could go without a lot of people seeing it," Sgt. Ray said.

Police also aren't sure if Laube knew her killer, or not, although they believe she was targeted.

"If this was indeed a random attack, it's extremely rare," said Sgt. Ray.
All of the unknowns in this case, on top of Laube's murder, frustrate her friend Leahy.

"I'm angry. I'm sad. Her life ended so tragically but I know that she wouldn't want her friends and her family to be sad and miserable and devastated. She would want us to rejoice in her life," Leahy explained.

If you'd like to donate, go to Leahy's site for Laube's family.

And, if you know anything about the death of Nicole Laube, the Washington County Sheriff's office wants to hear from you. Their number is 503-629-0111.