Funeral for murdered mom Jessica Aquilar tentatively set for Friday


ROCKWALL – Funeral services for Jessica Aquilar of Rockwall, the mother of three children who was shot and killed by former Hunt Co. Constable Anthony Dewayne Lewis Saturday night in the parking lot at The Harbor, is tentatively set for Friday.

According to the funeral home spokesperson, who asked not to be identified yet since arrangements are only tentative, her family is discussing whether to hold the funeral service at a local church or the funeral home. The Rockwall News will publish details as soon as the funeral home notifies us.

Aguilar, 33, was the mother of 18-year-old Jaime Puente and two daughters, ages 17 and 9. Puente’s father passed away when he was nine years old. No information is yet known about if or where she worked or if other family members are nearby.

According to the Rockwall Appraisal District, she purchased her home in Rockwall in 2011 for approximately $140,000 in Stonebridge Meadows, a subdivision just south of Hwy. 66 and west of Hwy. 205.

Investigators say she was shot in the chest at point blank range at about 9 pm Saturday by Lewis, shortly after he had walked up to her and her male companion, Francisco Delacruz of Dallas, and allegedly physically assaulted her. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after the shooting.

Police say Delacruz is recovering at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas in good condition after being shot in the back twice and in an elbow. Detectives planned to meet with him yesterday to learn more about the relationship between Aguilar and Lewis.

Investigators say Aguilar and Lewis worked together at some point and then apparently began dating. She allowed Lewis to live with the family for a short time until they broke up. When she started dating again recently, it apparently outraged Lewis.

Lewis is in Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where police say he is still in critical condition, after being shot up to 14 times in his arms and legs by law enforcement officers in Greenville, after he got out of his car and pointed a gun at them. Doctors told police he will likely stay in the hospital for up to two months if he recovers. He remains under armed guard at Parkland.

Investigators said that he led over a dozen law enforcement cars on a high-speed chase reaching speeds up to 130 mph from Garland to Greenville on I-30 before he was finally stopped by tire spikes which police had set up. After he was transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Greenville, he was flown to Parkland for surgery.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher


3 Responses to Funeral for murdered mom Jessica Aquilar tentatively set for Friday

  1. I was in shock to hear the news.I worked with Jessica for a breif and special time knew her beautiful kids and knew about a enough about her to know she did not deserve this.I will pray for Jr,Nena,Marie,I know that now both your parents are toghether looking over you from heaven may both RIP.Please let me know if you need anything at all I would love to help.

    Mari February 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  2. Thank you very much for your thoughts. This was my cousin who was tragically taken away so soon by a man who just wouldn’t take no for an answer. As my family try to find the answers on why this happened, please keep in mind that domestic violence is something nobody should play with. As you can see, a loved one can be taken away in such horrible circumstances like Jessica was taken away from us. Please continue to pray for her kids n immediate family as they will need our love and comfort in the coming days. Her outside family will honor and celebrate Jessica’s vibrant life as a beautiful happy woman she always was. RIP to my cousin Jessica Aguilar, you will be terribly missed.

    JR February 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm
  3. My sincere condolences in your loss. My heart and prayers go out to her children and family. Keep her memories alive and I am sure she will be by your side always. Domestic violence is real and people need to know there is help out there please seek help if you have any kind of violence in your life.

    renie February 21, 2013 at 10:50 am

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