Colleagues, friends remember woman killed in Vista – NBC 7 San Diego

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Colleagues are trying to raise money for a Fallbrook mother of four who was stabbed and killed in Vista last week.

“She was just so nice and hardworking. Her laugh really made you laugh.”

This is how colleague Megan Harmon Mayra Mejia described Jimenez after working with Jimenez at the Main Street Cafe in Vista.

The victim was found at the scene with signs of trauma to her upper body and paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Jimenez’s official job title was Busser, but she was the most popular employee at the restaurant.

“She did everything from washing dishes to driving tables on the bus to helping out with anything we needed with our tables,” Harmon said.

Last Wednesday, investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department found Jimenez with chest wounds outside a mall on South Santa Fe Avenue, just south of Monte Vista Drive. She later died from her injuries.

“When my boss called me, I was like, ‘What?'” Harmon said. “She basically didn’t deserve that because she’s such a hardworking person and she also has kids.”

Jimenez lived near the cafe with her four children, ages 9 to 19, and her uncle. They set up a tent with chairs and a memorial for Jimenez so family members could come and share their grief.

“You could see it on everyone’s faces at work. Everyone just looks really sad and when someone talks about it, everyone just starts crying,” Harmon said.

Investigators have not released Jimenez’s cause of death or details of any suspect. They say several people at a nearby restaurant saw them arguing with a man before the attack.

Family members say the Jimenez children are staying with their uncle’s family in Oceanside. Her staff collect money for the funeral expenses and help with the children.

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