Police Seeking to Locate Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Shooting of Deija Mendez in Lowell

Police are actively searching for Xavier DeJesus, 20, of Lowell. DeJesus is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall

LOWELL - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lowell Police Superintendent Kelly Richardson have confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the murder of Deija Mendez that occurred on June 23, 2020, in Lowell. 

Police are actively searching for Xavier DeJesus, 20, of Lowell. DeJesus is described as being approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. The public should not attempt to approach him and should dial 911 or contact Lowell Police at 978-459-8477  immediately with any information.

The preliminary investigation suggests that on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Xavier DeJesus allegedly shot Deija Mendez, 23, of Boston outside a residence on Coral Street in Lowell while she was seated in the driver’s seat of a black Chevrolet Tahoe. Upon arrival at the scene, Lowell Police located Ms. Mendez suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Ms. Mendez was pronounced dead on the scene. 

DeJesus has been charged with murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without an FID card in connection with the fatal shooting.  

The preliminary investigation suggests that DeJesus may have been known to the victim and that there was allegedly a dispute over the possession of a motor vehicle prior to the fatal shooting. 

This remains an active investigation.