Halloween was a tragic day for the family of 23-year-old Shanae Christina Wesley. Fire crews were summoned to her apartment located at the Waterstone Apartments in the 24800 block of Hancock Avenue around 7 a.m. to extinguish what was reported as a small blaze. While working their way through the smoke-filled unit, firefighters found the body of the 23-year-old, who is now, according to the Murrieta Fire Department, the apparent victim of a homicide.
“Ms. Wesley’s 3-year-old son, who is now under the care of his extended family, was inside the apartment during the fire as well and was rescued from the fire by a neighbor. He was treated after the incident and was released from a local hospital in good condition,” said Lt. Tony Conrad.
Three days after Wesley’s death, investigators arrested Marquise Denzell McGlown, 22, of Hemet, for alleged parole violations.
“McGlown is considered to be the primary suspect in the death of Ms. Wesley,” Conrad said.
No charges have yet been filed in the case. McGlown has a 2008 conviction for felony burglary and exhibiting a dangerous weapon, for which he served more than a year in prison.
The Murrieta Police Officers Association (MPOA) has set up a trust fund for the little boy, who Officer Jenifer Metoyer says “is just the cutest little guy ever.” Officer Metoyer spent a good amount of time with him while he was being treated and placed with family and she says that he truly made an impact on her life.
A few fundraisers have been set up by the MPOA in order to raise money for the young survivor of the fire, including one that took place last week at the Chick-fil-A restaurant located in Murrieta.
“I decided to be the one to help spearhead the campaign for Shanae’s son in order to make sure that there will be a positive in his life down the road, and teaming up with Chick-fil-A just made sense. However, we can all come together to ensure that good will come from such a horrible situation, well it just makes it all worth it,” added Officer Metoyer.
Chick-fil-A’s General Manager Jenny Jones and Marketing Director Lorrie Robertson helped lead the charge for the evening’s festivities which led to the restaurant donating 20 percent of all earnings from the overall sales to the trust fund that is set up for him.
“We do a lot of benefits, and we would much rather help out this way. I like to think that because of the relationship we have with our community, people know they can come to us,” said Jones.
Marketing Director Lorrie Robertson added, “Our motto is ‘our pleasure,’ we feel so privileged that the Murrieta Police Department picked up the phone and called us first, but really we are just the building. It’s the awesome community that shows up strong to support by coming out and giving back.”
There are a couple more upcoming fundraisers being held by the MPOA and those include an evening at Mulligan Family Fun Center on Friday, Nov. 29, which is located at 24950 Madison Avenue, Murrieta, CA 92562. All rides and attractions will be $5 for those that arrive to support the cause.
The trust account established for Wesley’s son is at BBVA Compass Bank, 40780 California Oaks Road. Donations can be made to “MPOA” in care of account No. 6702017503. Questions about this or any other fundraising efforts for the boy can be directed to Murrieta Police Traffic Investigator Jennifer Metoyer, who can be reached at (951) 461-6375 or via email at JMetoyer@Murrieta.org.