The girlfriend of a 40-year-old man, who was shot and killed after trying to sell electronics off Craigslist in Hartford, speaks to Eyewitness News for the first time Tuesday.
Felix DeJesus, of Cromwell, was found in a car on Allendale Road suffering from a gunshot wound on May 8, police said.
DeJesus, who is a father of two, was taken to Hartford Hospital where he died a short early the next morning.
"It's been hard. We've been together for 10 years," said his girlfriend Glenda Rios. "He's the father of my children. We were supposed to get married and now everything is lost."
DeJesus was planning to propose next month at Disney, during a family vacation with 2-year-old Jayden and 1-year-old Nyla.
"His family came first. He couldn't wait to have kid. It's so hard, because he got his kids and now they've been taken away," Rios said. "He'll never see them grow."
Rios told Eyewitness News that DeJesus their babies and drove here with plans to sell two T-mobile tablets for $500, so he could buy Jayden an Ipad instead.
Police said they are still searching for suspect or suspects who shot the young father, who was trying to sell an electronic device in the south end of the city.
"We're very encouraged by the solvability factors we've discovered in the case and its moving in a positive direction," said police Lt. Brian Foley.
Though police won't say, Rios said she is certain the buyer was involved.
"In my heart, I feel like his life was taken as a joke, because I believe the guy had the tablet in his hand already and he didn't have to do what he did," she said. "He was sitting in his car, had no time to get out or chase him or anything."
Rios said detectives have some good leads, and while she waits for an arrest, she's trying to be strong for her kids, both too young to understand.
"My son is asking for his dad. Please, have sympathy. He was a really good guy," Rios said. "He never did anything wrong. We were always together, always a family guy. Please come forward and help so we have some type of closure, especially for my kids."
Eyewitness News previously learned DeJesus, who has no criminal history, worked as a front desk manager at the Comfort Suites in Southington.
Anyone with information is urged to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
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