WATERVILLE – Family and friends of homicide victim Melissa Sousa gathered at her house on Friday to remember her and also to ask for help with reconnecting her twin daughters with family members.
“They’re suffering where they are at in a foster home,” said April Sibert, aunt of Sousa. “They’re fine there, you know what I mean, the people are treating them good, but they need my sister.
“They need to be home with family,” she said. “And that’s all we want is the kids to be home with family. We’ll do anything possible to get the girls home.”
Sousa, 29, was last seen getting her twin daughters on the school bus early Tuesday. Her body was found Wednesday with two bullet holes in her stomach and her longtime boyfriend was charged Thursday with her murder.
“It’s been sleepless nights since this happened,” Sibert said. “We’re all a mess. There is no more tears left basically.”
The couple’s 8-year-old daughters were taken by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and those who gathered Friday wanted them with family.
“We want to talk to the people in Augusta, the governor,” said Rosalie Poore, a friend of Sousa. “Get them babies back with their grandmother.”
“Those girls should be put in a home with their grandmother,” said her daughter, Brandie Poore, who organized the vigil. “They shouldn’t be in foster care. There is no reason for it.”
Mandy Jolly, who has been friends with Sousa since age 9, added, “Their grandmother really wants them.”
“And they know their grandmother, they’re used to their grandmother,” Brandie Poore said. “They are used to being around her.”
According to the affidavit and her friends, Lovejoy’s threats against Sousa were well known.
“We knew Nick had been whaling on her,” said Billy Morse, a former co-worker and longtime friend along with this wife, Shauna. “We’ve been trying to get her away from him for over the last two years.”
Sousa put on Facebook last week that she was looking for an apartment.
“Nick knew that she was leaving,” Billy Morse said. “And all of us knew that he said flat out … He had two choices: He was either going to kill her or kill her if she left and none of us thought he’d really do it.”
He added, “And it it’s just too late.”
Sibert also has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for a funeral for her niece.