Father of man shot by Weare police: 'What I want is justice for my son'
Jose A. Cora, right photo, talks about his late son, Alex Cora DeJesus, left, a suspected drug dealer who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Weare on Aug. 14, 2013. (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
"What I want is justice for my son," he added.
Cora was upset to learn the two Weare police officers who shot at DeJesus, 35, on Aug. 14 were allowed to return to work, wear their uniforms and carry their service weapons.
Weare Police Chief John Velleca said he has the two officers handling administrative duties to help out a short-staffed department. They wear their uniforms, badges and carry their weapons and can go out on emergency patrol calls if needed.
Attorney General Joseph A. Foster will not identify the officers until the report is released.
"They are trying to turn it and twist it and to justify the killing of my son. They are hoping I will go away and I told them I would never go away," Cora added.
But, she said, Cora's "information is not entirely accurate."
"This criminal investigation is ongoing and we expect it to continue into the next few months," Morrell wrote in an email.
DeJesus, who worked as a barber and lived at 453 Maple St., was shot about 10:10 p.m. outside Dunkin' Donuts at Lanctot's Plaza on Route 114 in Weare during an investigation into heroin dealing, the Attorney General's Office has said.
DeJesus tried to drive away in his father's Acura with his girlfriend in the front seat beside him, Cora explained. Two shots rang out, he said. The first passed through the car without hitting anyone, the father said. While his girlfriend ducked, DeJesus looked back to see what was happening when the second bullet struck him in the forehead, his father said.
"The bottom line is my son didn't have a gun and they chased him, and they shot at him. They shot him knowing he didn't have any weapon," Cora said.
Asked if authorities are correct in describing his son as a suspected heroin dealer, Cora said he doesn't know. But he insists his son never carried guns.
According to court records, Nashua police charged DeJesus in 2009 and 2011 for selling small amounts of cocaine to confidential informants. DeJesus pleaded guilty to both counts and received suspended sentences.
Cora said he and his son were "best friends" and communicated daily.
Cora said he was never questioned by police.
DeJesus' girlfriend was taken into custody at the shooting scene and taken to Goffstown District Court where she was charged with an unrelated, outstanding motor vehicle violation, Cora said. The woman spent 15 to 20 days at Hillsborough County House of Corrections to pay off the fine.
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DeJesus died about 3 a.m. Aug. 15. Cora said a state official called him that morning, but he didn't understand what he said because he spoke in English. Chea said he found Cora outside a McDonald's restaurant holding a sheet of paper with phone numbers on it. Chea called the numbers for Cora. It was then he learned Cora's son had been killed.
Cora said he went to the Medical Examiner's Office in Concord Aug. 16 to identify his son's body.
"They wouldn't let me see my son," he said. "They said it was still under investigation and they identified him through his wallet and his IDs."
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