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Teenaged Son of New Mexico Politician Rep Stephanie Maez Arrested Fatal Fatal Driveby Shooting Death of Highschool Student

August 17, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Teenaged Son of New Mexico Politician Rep Stephanie Maez  Arrested Fatal Fatal Driveby Shooting Death of Highschool Student

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The 18-year-old son of a New Mexico lawmaker is behind an horrific shooting at a house party that ended the life of a promising high school student in June, authorities said.

Albuquerque investigators arrested Donovan Maez Friday night in the drive-by shooting death of 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver, an innocent bystander in what was described as retaliation.

The alleged killer is the son of state Rep. Stephanie Maez, who took to Facebook to reaffirm her love for her jailed child.

“Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs anyone can take on. I love you, Donovan … Always have, always will,” the Democrat junior wrote Sunday.

The shooting happened just outside of Maez’s district on June 26.

Maez offered brief words to the victim’s mother, Nicole Chavez, who learned of the overnight arrest at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

“My heart is aching for my son and also for Nicole Chavez, who lost her 17-year-old son, Jaydon,” Maez wrote.

Chavez responded to Maez’s condolences with cordial cynicism at a car wash Sunday while raising funds to reward tipsters with information leading to additional arrests in her son’s death.

“I’m sorry that your son did this. I know kids make really bad decisions, but at least you still have your son, “That’s something that I will never get back.”

The representative’s son was apparently kicked out of a party at the same house for brawling a month before and targeted the home’s resident for a drug debt, KRQE-TV reported citing authorities.

Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, died June 26 as a dispatcher told his crying friend to 'deal with it yourself' at a house party. 

Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, died June 26 as a dispatcher told his crying friend to ‘deal with it yourself’ at a house party.

“I’m going to call this guy a savage because he called himself a savage,” Albuquerque Police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik told KRQE-TV. “They all decided to act like savages that night, get into a car and shoot up a house that they knew people were in.”

Donovan Maez is in custody at the Bernalillo County jail where he faces a handful of felony charges including assault, child abuse and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and murder.

He already faced a burglary and drug charge from a prior arrest, jail records show.

His alleged gun attack claimed Chavez-Silver’s life as one of the six bullets struck its unintended target, the Monzano High School football player and wrestler hanging out with his friends inside the home’s kitchen.

“He was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Drobik said.

Grieving mother Nicole Chavez said she tried to get involved in her son's life to keep him away from bad influences. 

Grieving mother Nicole Chavez said she tried to get involved in her son’s life to keep him away from bad influences

He took his final breaths as a close friend cried over his dying body while pleading with a now-former 911 dispatcher to bring help.

The callous dispatcher, later identified as Matthew Sanchez, told her to “deal with it yourself.”

Sanchez resigned in late July.

Detectives combed social media for evidence leading to Donovan Maez’s arrest on Friday.

It sickened Chavez to read the police report where detectives said they found postings by Donovan Maez and his friends of wanting to test out their new guns shortly before her son was killed.

“I made a point to be very involved in my kid’s lives,” Chavez added. “I did that so he would be so far away from these kind of people and these kind of things.”

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