NM representative speaks on son’s arrest, 2nd suspect turns himself in

Christopher Cruz

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Christopher Cruz, the second suspect wanted in 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver’s murder, turned himself into police on Monday night.

The 18-year-old son of a New Mexico lawmaker is also being held on a $250,000 bond in connection with the deadly drive-by shooting.

Donovan Maez was arrested Friday on several charges, including an open count of murder, aggravated assault and conspiracy. He’s the son of Democratic Representative Stephanie Maez of Albuquerque.

“I can’t even imagine the pain she’s going through,” Rep. Maez said of Nicole Chavez, Jaydon’s mother.

“I guess my heart goes out to her as a mother,” Chavez said.

The two mothers are now tangled together through tragedy.

“I wish nothing more at this moment than she be able to hug her son,” Rep. Maez said.

She spoke for the first time on Monday since her teenage son landed behind bars for Jaydon’s murder.

Then, Chavez responded.

“I just hope that as a mother, seeing a mother and seeing her heartbreak, that she did try everything she could,” Chavez said.

Police say Donovan also faces charges for car burglary and drugs, but his mother gave the same answer every time a question of his past came up. “As I mentioned, Donovan has faced many struggles, and I will stand behind him no matter what,” Rep. Maez said.

She said she missed Donovan’s arraignment over the weekend because she had the wrong time for the hearing. She also said she hasn’t seen him since his arrest.

“The very minute that I’m allowed to see him, I will be there, as any mother would be,” Maez said.

“It hit a  nerve when she said she didn’t get to the arraignment but as soon as she can see him, she will hug him or she wants to see him, and I wish so much that I could do that to my son,” Chavez said.

Even through the tears, Jaydon’s mother and father say they are not angry with Maez. In fact, they say they are sorry for what she’s going through too.

“We are not here to judge,” said Ronald Silver, Jaydon’s father. “We don’t cast any stones, and I don’t think anybody else should. It’s about what the justice system will say in the end.”

Rep. Maez would not answer when asked how old Donovan was when he left home, or when she last saw him before the shooting. She walked away when she decided she didn’t want to take any more questions from the media.

Her son and 21-year-old Cruz are accused of firing shots from a vehicle at a home on June 26 and killing 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver.

Police believe the shooting may have been motivated by retaliation.

Police say Donovan and friends were thrown out of another party at the home where the shooting happened a month before. They also say there may have been a dispute over an unpaid drug debt owed by someone living at that house.

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