On the morning of June 23, 2020, Deija Mendez was on top of the world.
The 23-year-old nursing student had finally saved enough money to buy the car she needed to take her to class and to area medical facilities so she could pursue her new career.
Deija rented an SUV and drove, with a friend, from Boston to Lowell to buy the car in a private sale.
Deija thought of everything, she even arranged to have the new car towed back to Boston where she would get it registered later.
But at about 3:30 p.m., something went horribly wrong.
Deija was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of the rented SUV.
When police arrived, the new car Deija was trying to buy, was already loaded onto the back of a tow truck.
The facts of the case are still not clear, but three people have been arrested in the case, charged with witness intimidation.
And now, wanted for Deija’s murder, is 20-year-old Xavier DeJesus, a Lowell man.
The Massachusetts State Police have placed DeJesus on its Most Wanted Fugitive List.
In Boston, Deija’s grief-stricken mother, Carmen Nieves, tends to a huge memorial in her front yard. Carmen tells me her daughter was a good, hard-working young woman, who always stood up for herself. She’s angry that Xavier DeJesus, her daughter’s alleged killer, is now a fugitive.
So, Carmen is offering her own money as a reward to help motivate someone to step forward.
“I’m willing to put in everything I have. Just to find out. Just so he can get caught,” Nieves told me. “That’s my only goal right now, some kind of peace and justice for my child.”
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