PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A family is still grieving after a mother of three children was shot and killed in the Lents neighborhood over the weekend.

Officials say 26-year-old Portland resident Cali Bolden was shot and killed at the corner of Southeast Foster and 86th around 4 a.m. on Oct. 15. The medical examiner’s office ruled her death a homicide by gunshot wound.

Maddox Schlotte, a woman who lived nearby the scene of the shooting, told KOIN 6 she woke up to “a bunch of gunshots,” heard sirens, “and then there was, like, officers screaming.”

Two other people were seriously injured in the shooting; their current conditions are unclear.

Those who know Bolden say she was a “bright spitfire personality” who worked as a senior home caregiver – always helping others.

“She was a very happy person. She loved people,” Melissa Greely, Bolden’s mom, said. “I think that was her best quality, she had a lot of friends.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Portland police.

Meanwhile, Bolden’s family is left grieving. A GoFundMe has been set up to help her three children.

“I want the suspect found,” Greely said. “For her babies, at least. They took a mom of three little babies.”

  • Cali Durbin was killed after a shooting in Southeast Portland on October 15, 2023. (Courtesy: PPB)
  • Portland OR woman killed in Oct. 15 shooting ID'd by authorities

Bolden leaves behind three children, including an 8-year-old, 2-year-old, and 10-month-old. The children’s father died about 10 months ago.

“She was an awesome mom. She loved her three babies,” Greely said. “She was always doing something with them.

Bolden’s niece, Kahmiya, says she will make sure the kids know who their parents were and how much they loved them.

“I’m going to teach them and let them know who their mom and their dad was, because they were some really nice people, and they cared for everybody,” she said.

Stay with KOIN 6 as this story develops.