Deputy recruit arrested for murder in crash with Woodburn ties - KPTV - FOX 12

Deputy recruit arrested for murder in crash with Woodburn ties

Posted: Updated: July 25, 2014 11:05 PM
WOODBURN, OR (KPTV) -

Waiting for justice.

That's what Jessika Cavasos' family has been doing ever since a hit-and-run crash that took her life on the side of a Memphis highway on August 18, 2013. The Woodburn native was killed along with her friend Derrick Cross, 37.

A deputy recruit, Hunter Queen, 24, was arrested Thursday on five counts – including two murder charges – but was released on $40,000 bail on Friday.

Cavasos' family says that's not justice.

"It's devastating to her [mother], just knowing that $40,000 is what it's worth," Cavasos' aunt Jeanne Ruiz told Fox 12. "She was a daughter, a sister, a cousin, she was just a great person."

Cavasos, 34, graduated from Woodburn High School before moving to Memphis where she met the love of her life and was engaged to be married on Valentine's Day 2014. She was planning a trip home to Oregon in the weeks before her death, but she never made it.

"Jessika had her ticket, she was coming home. She was letting everyone know she was coming home and then she did come home but not the way we wanted her to," Ruiz added.

Her mother, Pattie Leyva-Martinez, has worn a locket filled with her ashes ever since the crash, and will be traveling to Memphis for the court proceedings. In an email she told Fox 12:

"August 18, 2013 will forever be my Friday the 13th. Jess was my heart of hearts, we were 1 in the same, she was killed at 3:12 a.m. on her way home from work. She worked as a bartender and got a flat, her friend Derrick needed a ride home and was tragically killed along with Jess. This has been a longggg 11 months physically and emotionally. Nobody can even begin to imagine what mountains I have climbed and what valleys I have had to crawl to continue to keep her tragedy fresh in Memphis. The call I had been waiting for came at 12:45 (PT) on July 24, 2014. My daughter's killer had been caught, but not by choice. I owe my life to Nick Kenny of Action 5 News in Memphis...he kept this fresh month after month and on June 21, 2013 when they ran crime stoppers the last time a tip came in that lead to Hunter Queen's capture. While his jail stay was short, I remain positive that Justice will be served for my Jessika. He was released on bail today ($40,000), but has a hearing on August 11, 2014, and with the prayers of the community, I believe that we will prevail."

Cavasos' family plans to gather in the Woodburn area on the one-year anniversary of her death on August 18.

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