On Friday, September 18, a robbery at the Chevron gas station on Alternate A1A and Florida Boulevard ended in tragedy when a customer was shot and killed.
Authorities responded to a reported robbery with gunshots at the gas station just before 11 PM. Once there, they found a woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, later identified as Jacqueline Rae Barthelemy, 36, was rushed to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
The store clerk told police a robber pointed a gun at her while demanding cash, as a female accomplice held the front door shut. The clerk report indicates that as she was getting cash from a second register, she heard gunshots and saw a customer on the floor, but couldn’t tell who had shot her.
Police later arrested Ezequiel Nunez in connection with the shooting, charging him with multiple felonies including murder and robbery with a firearm. He remains in jail without bond at this time. A second suspect, believed to be an accomplice, was also later arrested.
In some cases, a lack of adequate security in gas stations and other public buildings may contribute to violent crimes like robberies and murders. “Adequate security” for a gas station might include the hiring private security guards or off-duty police officers, ensuring proper lighting, or other security measures.
Companies that operate businesses open to the public have a responsibility to create a safe environment both for their employees and their customers.
Jacqueline Rae Barthelemy is fondly remembered by loved ones. She leaves behind a husband, two young children, siblings, parents, and extended family who all miss her. A chef at a local country club, she also did philanthropic work for the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association (PBGYAA). The PBGYAA is a local youth sports organization that Barthelemy worked with for years. The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb have also sponsored PBGYAA for many years, including 2020.
A statement from Barthelemy’s family called her, “a sweet and gentle soul who will be missed forever.”