Cleveland mourns loss of mother killed during carjacking

November 20, 2018

Cleveland mourns loss of mother killed during carjacking

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Family and friends of Lesley DeJesus, the 33-year-old mother of two who was killed by carjackers Thursday afternoon, lit candles, held one another and wept in candlelight vigil Monday to remember her.

About 150 people attended the vigil at Archwood United Church of Christ to honor Dejesus, who came to Cleveland two years ago to escape the crime in her country of Puerto Rico.

“This is an unexpected horrific tragedy,” Ward 14 City Council member Jasmin Santana told the crowd. “I can’t imagine the pain her family must be feeling at this time.  I pray for her and for her family. And I will vigilantly follow the details of this tragedy and seek justice.”

On Thursday, Dejesus, her husband and children had been volunteers painting inside at a West Side church, partly in preparation for her daughter’s quinceanera – a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday.

Upon leaving the church, the couple saw two men stealing their car and intervened, holding onto the doors as the carjackers drove away. Her husband was dragged by the car and injured. She was run over twice and pronounced dead at the scene.

Fundraising efforts have begun to assist her family and help pay the funeral expenses.

Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County is offering up to $5,000 for tips that lead to the arrests of the two carjackers. Anyone with information is asked to call 216-252-7463 or go to 25crime.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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