Family begs public for leads after mom is shot dead a day before Mother’s Day

The family of a Florida woman who was fatally shot on Saturday during an apparent botched carjacking has asked the public for information that could lead to an arrest.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Roxana Sanchez, 39, was killed in the driveway of her Orange County home after two men approached the vehicle she and a friend were in and demanded them to get out. The men were reportedly banging on the windows and, in a moment of panic, the driver reversed the car and hit the suspects’ vehicle.

The suspect standing on the passenger side, where Sanchez was sitting, reportedly opened fire, striking Sanchez. Sanchez died from her injuries a short time later.

Orange County police released surveillance footage which appears to show a vehicle following Sanchez and her friend, who had gone shopping at the Waterford Lakes shopping center before the fatal shooting the day before Mother’s Day. Police have not yet made any arrests.

“My wife was a very caring person,” Sanchez’s husband Douglas Mejia said through tears during a press conference. “I just want to ask the public, the county, the state if you have any information please call 911.”

According to WKMG, Sanchez’s friend did not see the suspects’ faces, only their arms.

Authorities are seeking additional footage from businesses in the vicinity of where Sanchez and her friend visited that night.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

“If you do have any information… just please call,” Sanchez’s sister Yahaira Viado told the Sentinel. “We want justice for our sister.”


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[Featured image: Roxana Sanchez/Orange County Sheriff’s Office]