Family confirms man in vehicle hit by fleeing suspects has died

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Family confirms that D’Markus Blea, who police say was inside a car struck by a vehicle fleeing from police, died Monday.

His family says his life was just getting started and now, he’s fighting for it. Police say it started with a carjacking overnight Friday that ended in a nasty crash.

D’Markus Blea and his girlfriend, Michelle Jaramillo, were on their way back to his mom’s house after coming back from a trip to Atlanta to visit family.

That’s when police say suspects in a stolen Jeep, running multiple red lights, trying to get away from officers, hit their car at Eubank and Menaul.

Blea, the passenger in the black car, was taken to UNM Hospital.

“Marcus was a good kid, he was bright. He had just begun his life and it was just taken away from him too early,” said Wayne Mumford.

Blea’s dad, Mumford, said Sunday his son was on life support and he wasn’t sure if he was going to make it. Mumford lives in Atlanta and last saw his son on Thursday when Blea went there to visit him. It was something he did a few times a year.

“At the bus station, he said I love you pops see you when I get back. And I said I love you son. I never heard his voice again,” said Mumford.

Devin Mumford, Blea’s little brother, also lives in Atlanta. He says he always looked up to his older brother.

“Me and his relationship was everything. That’s my brother,” he said.

Blea spent half of his life in Atlanta and the other half in Albuquerque. His aunt, Serena Blea, helped raise him.

“I love him so much, ’til the day he was born, ’til now, ’til forever,” she said.

While Blea’s dad, little brother, and aunt still can’t understand why this had to happen, they have a message for the people responsible.

“We loved him and you took him from us with probably not even a thought in your mind,” said Blea.

“In the long run I can’t do nothing but forgive them,” said Wayne Mumford.

Police say there were six people in the stolen Jeep. All six were transported to the hospital following the crash.

The family has created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for expenses like hospital bills. They also say his girlfriend is in critical condition but is expected to make a full recovery.


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