Victim’s family wonders why


Herald Writers

EVERETT — Gail Jubie loved baseball, bicycles and the Ford Mustang that she bought last spring.

"She was so proud of that car," said her older sister, Marge Martin of Marysville. "It was her first new car."

Jubie, 37, was the youngest of 12 children who grew up on Sunnyside Boulevard SE in east Everett. With tears, trembling voices and sometimes anger, she was remembered Tuesday by family members and friends.

She was brutally stabbed and shot while in the family home just after 8 a.m. Monday.

A 19-year-old man who was staying with a family nearby was arrested by Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives Monday afternoon.

Brandon Kenneth White appeared briefly Tuesday in Everett District Court, where he was ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. He was arrested for investigation of first-degree murder, although no charges have been filed.

Jim Townsend, the county’s chief criminal deputy prosecutor, declined to discuss what it is investigators believe White did to support a first-degree murder charge. Prosecutors believe the killing was premeditated, a necessary element of first-degree murder, he added.

White has had prior scrapes with the law for misdemeanor theft and marijuana possession, both as a juvenile and an adult, court records show. He has no convictions for violent offenses.

Detectives worked nearly through the night gathering evidence and attempting to reconstruct what happened in the moments before neighbors heard screaming and a shot.

Meanwhile, stunned and frustrated family members were speculating about what happened and why. There were few answers — only more questions and a recollection of a "baby sister" that was an integral part of a close-knit family and neighborhood.

Martin recalled the car, and the search for a new vehicle last spring.

"It had to be a Ford because that’s all my dad ever drove," she added.

Martin said she and other siblings first taught Jubie to drive in the late 1980s after an older brother, Harvey Jubie, gave his youngest sister a used car. She drove that until she traded it in on the Mustang earlier this year.

Her sudden death was the second recent tragedy for the family. Family members are still reeling from the death of their father, Bob, in November.

Gail Jubie was the only one of the seven brothers and five sisters who never left the home where they all grew up. She spent the last few years caring for and being a companion to their mother and father. After the father’s death, Martin said her sister expected to remain in the family home until about summer while the family went through their parents’ belongings.

The plan then was to sell the house.

Gail Jubie never married and didn’t have any boyfriends, her siblings said. A part-time worker at an Albertson’s supermarket near Frontier Village, she didn’t have a big outside social life or a lot of extra money.

"With that many brothers and sisters, your family are your friends," Martin said.

Baseball was a big passion of hers. She frequently attended Everett AquaSox and Seattle Mariner games, often with tickets provided by a brother who has season tickets.

Martin said her youngest sister used to ride bicycles a lot, and she and her sister once rode a 50-mile course, a move that resulted in having to repair numerous tires.

Gail Jubie also was an avid photographer and earned an associate degree in photography from Everett Community College.

Her two cats, Beau and Peep, were her pride and joy, Martin said.

"They were like her kids," she said. "She was very attached to her cats."

Martin was worried about Peep, which was not found at the home Monday by sheriff’s deputies. Beau went home with another sister.

Others remembered the woman’s generosity.

"Every time she came to my house, she had something for my kids," brother Phil Jubie said.

There was agreement.

Longtime family friend Flo Johnson put it this way: "She was just a very sensitive, caring person. She’s always been that way."

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