Family of mother killed in Cleveland carjacking release statement as police search for killers

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland police are still searching for the suspects accused of hitting and killing a woman during a carjacking Thursday.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Lesley De Jesus, 33, of Cleveland.

Police say the woman, her husband and their two children were volunteering and painting inside a church on Archwood Avenue Thursday afternoon when two males attempted to steal their van.

The mother and father saw it happening from the window and both tried to intervene. In the struggle, De Jesus was struck by the vehicle twice.

She died at the scene.

The suspects fled the scene in the vehicle and abandoned it on Denison Avenue.

The case is under investigation. There have been no arrests.

The family of Lesley De Jesus released a statement Sunday at 6 p.m.

The family thanked first responders, the community and everyone who has supported the De Jesus family or made donations.

The family also issued a plea to the public and the wanted men.

"We want to plead with the community if you know or have heard or seen anything regarding this horrific crime. Please, please reach out the the authorities," said a representative for the De Jesus family, "Two children are without their mother, a husband without a wife. Please come forward, turn yourself in. The family needs closure."

You can watch their full statement below:

De Jesus leaves behind two kids, a 15-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old boy.

Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County is offering a reward up to $5,000 for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment.

Please call 216-252-7463 or go to

A candlelight vigil will be held in her memory Monday, November 19. It is at 5:30 p.m. at the Julia De Bergos Cultural Arts Center at 2800 Archwood Avenue.

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