Portland family mourns slain young mother Logan Nettleton
She spoke out against injustice, family and friends say, "from the sandbox" onward.
No one expected her to become the next victim.
Detectives continue to investigate the fatal shooting of Logan Karli Nettleton, 19, who was found dead inside her own apartment after police responded to the Centennial neighborhood in Portland around 3:33 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. No arrests have been made so far.
Her four-year-old child was with grandparents and not at the scene of the shooting, according to a family representative, though police said an unharmed infant was present at the scene. Nettleton's son, King Assuman, who was born prematurely and uses a feeding tube, will grow up without a mom.
"She was beautiful from the inside out," recalled Vaune Albanese, a close friend of the family. "She fought for people who were marginalized and she took that to her death."
Nettleton's boyfriend — who police declined to identify, citing the ongoing investigation — was shot multiple times inside the apartment, suffering life-threatening injuries. He was said to be undergoing a second-round of surgeries on Saturday and remains in critical condition.
A student-athlete while attending Madison High School, Nettleton planned to major in criminal justice at Portland State University. It was part of her life-long commitment to social justice, according to Albanese.
As executive director of the Friendly House, Albanese worked closely with Nettleton's mother, Mya, and knew Logan Nettleton as she transformed from newborn into an "energetic" young woman.
"Her parents do not harbor any resentment for whoever did this, but they do want justice," Albanese said in an interview. "Knowing Logan, she would be compassionate toward this person."
The Nettleton family hopes to raise $10,000 for funeral expenses and the continued care of her child. Click here to donate.
Statement from Portland State University:
"The Portland State University community is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of PSU student Logan Nettleton. Our thoughts are with her family in this difficult time. Our hope is that the second victim is able to recover and that anyone with knowledge of the shooting contacts Portland Police investigators with information leading to the arrest of her suspected assailant."
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