Arrest made in Albuquerque teen murder case

Donovan Maez
Donovan Maez

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –Back in June 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot to death at a party near Lomas and Tramway, now another teen, the son of a state representative, has been charged with the murder.

Donovan Maez, 18, was arrested Friday night. His mother is Bernalillo County Rep Stephanie Maez, a Democrat. She released a statement Saturday afternoon saying she loves her son very much and her heart is aching.

Back in June, police received a call about a possible drive-by shooting. Inside a home, they found 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver shot. The teen later died from the gunshot. Police say the case was difficult from the start.

“Initially everyone that had some sort of involvement in this was trying to cover it up, then cracks started forming, we started having people who have a conscience come forward and tell us what happened”, said APD Officer Simon Drobik.

It took nearly two months, but they were able to use witness accounts to piece together what happened that night. Investigators say Maez and his friends had been at the home on Nakomis Drive NE a month earlier, where a fight broke out during a party. Maez and others were kicked out. Police say they believe Maez and at least one friend returned to the home the night of Jaydon’s death, shooting into the party through a kitchen window, in retaliation for being kicked out of the May party, and a resident’s unpaid drug debt.

Investigators say social media accounts back up the timeline of the crime and unveil the dark nature of the suspects.

Drobik said, “You know, I’m going to call this guy a savage, because he called himself a savage in his social media statuses and his tweets, they all decided to act like savages that night, get in the car, and shoot up a house that they knew there were people in, indiscriminately shooting into that residence.”

Police say they do not believe Chavez-Silver was targeted or that he knew drugs were being sold out of the home. Their initial feeling has been confirmed, that Chavez-Silver was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This year alone Maez has been arrested for two burglary cases, one for residential burglary and another for vehicle burglary. Maez was arrested for possession of counterfeit controlled substance with intent to distribute. He was booked on an open count of murder, three counts of child abuse, child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death, assault with intent to commit a felony, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit a first or second degree felony.

APD is still working to find other suspects involved in the shooting, but it’s unclear how many.

The Chavez-Silver family said Saturday they want to thank APD for solving their son’s murder. A fundraiser to go toward the reward fund for this case will still be held Sunday, from 10 to 2 at Royal Car Wash at Central and Juan Tabo and Eubank. The reward is currently up to $4,700. Officer Drobik said it’s unclear at this point if someone will be collecting that reward in connection with Maez’s arrest.

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