A cold-blooded killer shot 21-year-old Jayquan “JJ” Lewis inside the BH Gourmet Deli on Bainbridge Avenue in Fordham Manor on August 13, 2021, as “Law & Order” staff waited to buy a bottle of Poland Spring Water. On the one-year anniversary of her son’s murder, Marisol Sanchez, 47, opened up about the pain she endures every day her son’s killer remains at large and told The Post’s Dean Balsamini about her hunt for justice against lax laws – without giving up. on NYC.
My son was the light of my life and the heart of my home.
What happened to him is an injustice that has tormented me for the past year. There are so many gunshots. It is meaningless. The shootings are not getting better. Every day you hear the stories of people who are suffering. Dying people. You see the devastated families on TV.
It has to stop. And it has to stop now. I want justice for my son. His killer remains at large. He condemned me to a life of pain. He killed my son for no reason. My son had a big heart, a big smile and helped anyone he met. He didn’t run with gangs. This is the stereotype. He was a good kid. He wanted to be an actor and loved all types of music. From Mariah Carey to Kendrick Lamar to Bon Jovi.
I feel like JJ is with me all the time. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the LED lights in his bedroom in our apartment go on and off. His room remains the same. Everything stays in place. It comforts me.
Even though my heart is broken over this, I haven’t given up on New York City. But things have to change. I plead with any elected official reading this that we need to change the bail reform laws. It’s crazy how criminals are arrested and released on the same day for crimes. These are the same individuals who are arrested again and again. And every time I do, it just gets worse and worse.
I have no plans to move yet because I had many happy memories in the house: Movie nights with pizza and Chinese food, lots of laughter.
I went back to the deli where my son was killed and I pray.
When the anniversary approaches, I relive it all over again. As if it happens everywhere. I exercise and write to stay healthy and focused. I am working on my Masters in Criminal Justice at Monroe College.
I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. I just want justice for my son. I want his killer caught. I want him to be held accountable for what he did. These shootings must stop. So many families are losing loved ones to senseless gun violence. It has to stop.