Family pays tribute to slain woman by getting inked

Family pays tribute to slain woman by getting inked »Play Video
Jessie Cavett's cousin, Daryle Howland, gets a tattoo Monday. He and other family members paid tribute to Jessie by getting inked because of her love of body art.

OREGON CITY, Ore. - The family of a murdered Gresham woman has taken a unique approach to remembering her. Those who knew Jessie Cavett have given themselves tattoos – permanent reminders of the woman taken from them.

Police say Jessie's husband, Josh Cavett, shot and killed her more than a week ago.

Other people are remembering Jessie too, but her family isn't very happy with how. They think they are exploiting Jessie, and they're definitely frustrated. They say some groups are remembering her in a way she would have hated.

The family is upset about how some gun control advocates are framing Jessie's story.

"I was furious," said Jennie Cochran, Jessie's sister.

Jennie tried to set the record straight on one group's Facebook page.

"I attempted to comment on there, letting them know that Jessie was pro-gun, and as is the rest of our family, and they should not be using her story to push their own agenda," Jennie said. "They very abruptly removed my comment and blocked me from the page."

They admit there's not much they can do about it besides countering with their own message. So they choose to focus on the family project of getting tattoos. Cousin Daryle Howland probably had to suffer the most while getting a large tattoo on his back Monday.

Jessie loved body art. So it was not surprising the family chose getting tattoos as a tribute. Jessie's memory pushes all of them through the pain, even allowing some much-needed moments of laughter.

"She'd probably go up, wait for (Daryle) to be done, and just slap (the tattoo)," Jennie said. "Cause you gotta set the ink."

One of the groups that shared Jessie's story on its Facebook page was "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America."

When KATU asked them about using Jessie's story as a tool for stricter gun control, a media representative emailed this response:

"Not sure how our posting an article on our Facebook page is newsworthy – nor is a single Facebook post a way to use Jessie's story as a "tool for stricter gun control."

The group declined a request for a phone interview, saying it had no additional comment.