'A ray of light:' Mother of two killed during gas station robbery in Palm Beach Gardens

Mother of two killed during robbery at gas station (Photo: Michael Cimbrec)

A woman is dead after a robbery at a gas station in Palm Beach Gardens, police say.

According to Palm Beach Gardens Police, officers responded to a Chevron gas station on Alternate A1A after reports of gunshots being fired during a robbery.

When police arrived, they found 36-year-old Jacqueline Barthelemy who was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where she was later pronounced dead, police say.

"She was my best friend. We were partners. We were a team," said Michael Cimbrec, Barthelemy's husband. "My wife was so beautiful, a ray of light."

During the investigation into the robbery, police say they identified 18-year-old Ezequiel Nunez as one of the suspects who was trying to commit a robbery. Nunez was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County jail.

Cimbrec says his wife was only two minutes away from home at the time of the shooting.

"She was not supposed to go to that gas station, or the store at night. She is always supposed to go to the Sunoco. She would roll her eyes at me when I would tell her that, she was such a tough girl, strong girl," Cimbrec said.

The 36-year-old will always be remembered as a loving mother, a talented chef who loved the beach and spending time with her family and friends.

“Every night I expect her to come home. We have two year old puppies that we adopted, and they’re still going to the door when they hear something. I‘m going to be like the puppies, I’m still going to be looking," Cimbrec said.

Jackie's sister-in-law, Courtney Maypole, released this statement on behalf of the entire family:

"My family and I are still coming to terms with such a despicable act of violence, that took the life of an amazing human being. Jackie was a chef by trade who worked countless hours displaying her craft. She loved her family deeply. When not working she spent her time on the water, at the beach, fishing and paddle boarding. She was full of life, love and energy. She brought a smile and love to every person she encountered. Jackie will be missed by her mother and father, her Husband Michael, Son Trenton, Daughter Alexis as well as her brothers and sister and her extensive extended family as well as countless friends. Jackie was a sweet and gentle soul who will be missed forever. We pray for swift and merciless justice for all that were involved in this cold-blooded murder. We hope they never take another breath without thinking about the beautiful life they took from us."

Another suspect is still at large. Police are still investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to contact the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department at 561-799-4445 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS (8477).