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Woman, 36, is shot dead in her Orlando driveway in ‘botched carjacking’

Mother-of-two, 36, is shot dead in ‘botched carjacking’ on her Orlando driveway by two men who followed her home

  • Roxana Sanchez was shot and killed in the passenger seat of her friend’s car on May 8 
  • She’d been out with a friend for shopping and dinner 
  • The two men followed them back to Roxana’s house then approached them when they were still in the driver and passenger’s seat in the driveway 
  • They banged on the windows telling the women to get out – Roxanna’s friend reversed out of fear
  • That’s when the carjacker on Roxana’s side opened fire; the two suspects then fled 
  • It’s unclear why they targeted Roxana and her friend or if there have been other carjackings in the area
  • Roxana’s family say they are devastated; they have raised $23,000 on a GoFundMe to pay for her hospital care and funeral 

A Florida mother-of-two was shot dead in her driveway by two men who followed her home from the mall and killed her before fleeing in what cops are calling a botched carjacking. 

Roxana Sanchez, 36, was killed on May 8 after returning home from shopping with a friend. The friend was driving and the two women pulled into Roxana’s driveway at 12.30am while her husband and two sons were inside the home sleeping. 

Two men – described as black male suspects by police – had followed them there. 

When Roxana and her friend’s car came to a stop, the two men got out of their vehicle and approached them on either side of theirs, banging on the windows and telling the women to get out.  

Roxana Sanchez, 36, was killed on May 8 after returning home from shopping with a friend. The friend was driving and the two women pulled into Roxana’s driveway at 12.30am.

Police released surveillance footage of the suspects' vehicle. The two carjackers have not been found

Police released surveillance footage of the suspects’ vehicle. The two carjackers have not been found

Roxanna and her friend just returned home from a night of shopping and dinner when the carjackers approached them on either side of the vehicle in her driveway in Orlando

Roxanna and her friend just returned home from a night of shopping and dinner when the carjackers approached them on either side of the vehicle in her driveway in Orlando

The driver panicked and reversed, smashing into the suspects’ car. It prompted one of the men – the one on Roxana’s side – to open fire. 

The men then fled and Roxana was taken to the hospital where she died.  

Now, police are hunting the two suspects. They have released surveillance footage which shows their car in the area near the time of the shooting. 

It remains unclear what kind of car Roxana and her friend were in, or why they were targeted.

It’s also unclear if there have been other car-jackings in the area recently. 

‘In a statement, Roxana’s husband Douglas Meijia said: ‘My wife was a very caring person. She was my mountain in this relationship.’ 

The couple had two sons. 

On a GoFundMe page, her sister has raised more than $34,000 for the family to pay her medical bills and funeral costs. 

‘A selfless, most caring person that I know who made everyone feel they are part of her family. If you met or just talk to her even once you would know what I’m talking about.

Roxana's husband and their two kids were inside sleeping at the time of the carjacking, according to her family's GoFundMe page

Roxana’s husband and their two kids were inside sleeping at the time of the carjacking, according to her family’s GoFundMe page 

‘She was my rock and sounding board for everything. 

‘She had an infectious smile, and always had the best advice. 

‘She changed our lives and helped us out whenever she could. She was senselessly shot and killed on her driveway while her husband and kids were sound asleep. 

‘These cowards did not think how it would severely impact her life and those around her. 

‘They just killed her without thinking leaving two small kids without a loving and caring mother, a husband without the love of his life, sisters without the glue that holds the family together, and the best daughter a parent could have,’ she said.  

No one has been arrested. 

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