Candlelight vigil held to honor domestic violence victim Jessica Aguilar
ROCKWALL – Over 100 family members, friends and sympathizers held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night for domestic violence victim Jessica Aguilar, the Rockwall mother of three who was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, a former Hunt Co. Constable.
The vigil was held in the same parking lot at the same time that she was gunned down at The Harbor Saturday, between 7 and 8 pm.
Candles were lit. Prayers were said. People hugged, cried and spoke about what a wonderful person Jessica was; plus shared the grief and shock they feel about her being taken away so quickly.
Aguilar’s death leaves behind three children without a mother or a father: Rockwall High School students 18-year-old Jaime and 17-year-old Araceli Puente, plus their nine-year-old sister, Marisol Puente. Their father died in an accident nine years ago.
Now their aunt and Aguilar’s oldest sister, Isabel, will become the children’s guardian. She and her husband, Gee, who live in Rowlett, already have five children of their own. He owns a construction business. Isabel said she feels overwhelmed and they will need all the help they can get to aid the children.
“Give me the strength for these three kids,” she requested. “I lost my best friend.”
Aguilar’s oldest brother, Santos Aguilar from Arlington, conducted the vigil, thanked the crowd for coming and told them that the family wanted to remember his sister and “best friend” by launching some balloons just before 8 pm in the same spot that she lost her life.
“There goes an angel,” he said, as about a dozen pink balloons rose into the dark, windy sky.
Santos also stressed the importance of reporting domestic violence problems.
Aguilar’s family said they were not aware of any threats made by her former boyfriend, Anthony Dewayne Lewis, whom Rockwall Police say shot her point blank in the chest. Investigators say they apparently dated for about two years and Lewis lived with Aguilar and her children for a period of time.
But some of Aguilar’s co-workers said that Lewis had slashed her tires at work on at least one occasion and she was considering applying for a protective order. She had worked as an apartment complex manager.
Rockwall Mayor David Sweet also attended and offered words of condolences for the family.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher