A chilly-blooded killer gunned down 21-year-old Jayquan “JJ” Lewis contained in the B.H. Gourmet Deli on Bainbridge Avenue in Fordham Manor on Aug. 13, 2021, because the “Law & Order” extra waited to purchase a bottle of Poland Spring water. On the one-year anniversary of her son’s slaying, Marisol Sanchez, 47, revealed the heartbreak she endures every single day her son’s killer stays on the unfastened, and advised The Post’s Dean Balsamini about her hunt for justice amid lax laws — whereas not giving up on NYC.
My son was the sunshine of my life and the guts of the home.
What occurred to him is an injustice that has tormented me for the previous yr. There is a lot gunfire happening. It’s mindless. The shootings will not be getting higher. Everyday you hear the tales of individuals struggling. People dying. You see the devastated households on TV.
It has to cease. And it has to cease now. I would like justice for my son. His killer stays free. He sentenced me to a lifetime of ache. He murdered my son for no motive. My son had a giant coronary heart, a giant smile and helped anybody he got here throughout. He didn’t run with gangs. That’s the stereotype. He was a superb child. He wished to be an actor and beloved all varieties of music. From Mariah Carey to Kendrick Lamar to Bon Jovi.
I really feel that JJ is with me on a regular basis. I don’t consider it’s a coincidence when the LED lights in his bed room in our residence flicker on and off. His room stays the identical. Everything stays in place. It comforts me.
Even although my coronary heart is damaged over this, I’ve not given up on New York City. But issues want to vary. I plead with any elected official studying this that we should change the bail reform legal guidelines. It’s insane how criminals are being arrested and launched the identical day for felony crimes. These are the identical people who’re being arrested many times. And each time they do, it will get worse and worse and worse.
For now, I don’t plan to maneuver as a result of we had many completely happy recollections in our home: Movie nights with pizza and Chinese meals, loads of laughs.
I’ve been again to the deli the place my son was murdered and I pray.
As the anniversary closes in, I’m reliving every part once more. Like it’s taking place throughout. I train and write to be able to keep sane and targeted. I’m engaged on my Master’s diploma in Criminal Justice at Monroe College.
I might not want this on anybody. I simply need justice for my son. I would like his assassin to be caught. I would like him held accountable for what he did. These shootings need to cease. So many households are dropping family members to mindless gun violence. It has to cease.