The Day We Found My Son Javier

by Sybil Mendoza Krause
(Yakima, WA. USA)

Javier Andres Mendoza  RIP

Javier Andres Mendoza RIP

My son's name is Javier Andres Mendoza,age 21 of Auburn, WA. USA

I am a single mother of 4. On March 1, 2001, I decided to go back to school. I was 40 years old, and at this time my children's ages were 24, 20, 18 and 15. My youngest child and myself moved back to Eastern Washington and I started school Fall 2001. I finally graduated June 2004 with an AA in Information Technology. At that time, I decided I would move back to Western Washington, to a town called Auburn.

On Friday, August 6th, I didn't feel well, so I left the next day and arrived at my sons' apartment in Auburn around 6 pm. I had made plans to stay with my son Felipe who is my oldest and Javier who is my youngest son until I could get a job and rent my own place.

When I arrived, my oldest son told me that he was worried about Javier because he hadn't seen him since Friday the day before. I didn't think much about it since Javier was now 21 years old. Felipe told me it wasn't like him not to come home.

The following day, Sunday, August 8th 2004, His girlfriend of 5 years was very worried since she too hadn't seen Javi since mid-day Friday, so we called the police and filed a missing persons report. The police didn't seem alarmed since my son was 21 years old, but they did take the report.

That day, my son and I went up to some apartments at the top of Lea Hill to see if anyone had seen Javi, the girls that shared an apartment up there said the last time they had seen him was around 2:00am Friday going into Saturday morning, and he was with a friend of his who had a car and who was the driver. They also informed us that both had been drinking. These apartments were 1.5 miles east of our apartment.

On Monday, August 9th, my eldest son and I again went to look for him with no luck. Later that day around 4:00 pm, Felipe, Alicia, John, and Chris said they were going to find my Javi, and weren't going to stop looking until they did.

Within 15 to 20 minutes my eldest son showed back up at our apartment and told my that my youngest son Javier, was not coming home. They found the car wrecked 30 feet from the road, and the driver and my precious boy was in it, and they were both deceased. They had been deceased in the car from Friday going into Saturday morning around 2:00 am until they were found, Monday the 9th, around 4:30pm.

The police said that they must have been traveling at a high rate of speed when they went off of the road and hit several trees, causing branches to come down on the car, and camoflage it so it could'nt be seen from the road. The reason why my son and his friends were able to find the car was because they saw some bushes on the side of the road that looked pushed down. At that time, they parked their car, and went over to the side of the road, were they were barely able to see the blue paint of the little 88 Mazda. My son Felipe, could not bring himself to look into the car to see if they were in it, so his friend took it upon themselves to look in the car and see my Javi and the driver deceased, both sitting in the front seat.

5 months later, for my sons 22 birthday, I purchased 2 memorial "Please don't Drink and Drive" signs to put at the crash site. From that day on, there hasn't been one day that I haven't thought about my beautiful son Javier Andres Mendoza. Sometimes it seems so long ago that he died, and sometimes it seems like yesterday. No one thinks it's going to happen to them, but it can.

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Oct 22, 2014
wish it wasn't true
by: Tosha ellis and zac martin

I meet javier mendoza in 5 th grade mlk elementary school. He was so good at basketball. And popular with the guys and the ladys. My boyfriend zac of 10 years was javier best friend and i just no his family would remember zachary. It's so unbelievable that javier is gone and has been gone for so long slready. I pray and pray it was not true not so sweet not so young. I remember javier and his older brother picking me up in 5th grade to go on a movie date in uniongap. I puppy love daed him fon and off all of 5 th grade and woundwound up with zac all these years later we have 2 kids a boy and a girl and are very much in love abd getting married this year december for ourour 10 year anniversary. I wishwish you could be there i no you would think that's so cool two class mates from 5th grade wind up together. Sybil i've never meet you but my prayers are with you and your children my 4 year old daughter was born with heart

Mar 31, 2012
Thinking About You
by: Sybil Krause Mendoza

Hi Javi,
I was thinking about you today so I googled your name, I know, sounds kinda silly, and the first thing to come up was this link to your story about the day you were found. When your alive you never think that your life or death has an impact on those who knew and love you, but you do. I see that little Hanna posted a comment all these years later after your death and so did John. I just want to say that I still think about you every day and we all miss you very very much. The only thing that gives me solace is to know that I will see you again someday. I am currently fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer and every day I thank God for giving me one more day, one more hour, one more minute, one more second on this earth. I love you son.

Mar 02, 2012
I miss You Javie!! :/
by: Hannah Hutchcroft

It seems like yesterday me and javie were playing basket ball with my sister alisha, Javie was my best friend and still will always be until the day i see him again, i write in my journal still almost everyday, thinking abt him and all the memories we all had, him being a father figure to my nephew andru cause his father was never there, i miss you javie and in my mind there are a million of questins racing until i see you to ask you why?? why couldnt you have took the car keys and not got into the car with chino, why didnt anybody stop you from getting in that car that thursday night and any more ETC. I love and miss you more then life is imagined. But you keep my head up to not do the things you did even though you just wanted to stop him, but he was too drunk to. R.I.P Javie i love and miss you, and keep a cross on my neck my boyfriend got me, to pray for the ones that suffer car accidents and death, love you always and forever bigg bro <3

Feb 24, 2011
Hey little brother
by: Jonathan wright

I love and miss you little brother were still hangin wishin you was here

May 28, 2009


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