Filming of Mesa changes the life of a Connecticut family

MESA — Gun violence doesn’t need to make national headlines to have an impact. For one family, a shooting in Mesa changes the lives of dozens of friends and family members in Connecticut.

Three weeks since Aaron Fawcett was shot and killed outside an apartment complex in Mesa, his family is still waiting.

They are waiting for his body to be returned to Connecticut, they are waiting for someone to be identified and held accountable, and they are waiting to arrange an official burial for their father and grandfather.

“I’m still in disbelief, I’m still in shock,” said Anjelica Rivera, Fawcett’s daughter-in-law.

“Face the consequences if you did something like this,” said her daughter Aariannah Fawcett holding Fawcett’s grandson, Kingston.

“He would tell us he has 45 more years on this earth to live with us, and he died at 45,” Rivera said.

On May 12, Mesa police were called to an apartment complex at 546 S Country Club Drive near Broadway to reports of gunfire. Aaron had been shot.

The shooter fled.

ABC15 checked in with Mesa police on Thursday. There’s still no lead on the killer or what prompted this attack.

“We hurt, we hurt,” Rivera said

Family and friends tell ABC15 that Fawcett fell in love with Arizona after his first visit after a road trip two years ago. He moved here to hike and fish in the canals.

The family says he was just days away from returning to Connecticut to be closer to his loved ones.

This included plans to watch her daughter graduate from 8th grade, be a groomsman for her brother’s upcoming wedding and be present at baby Kingston’s christening.

But whoever pulled the trigger took it all.

Rivera’s last conversation with her stepfather was an hour before the shooting.

She says they were talking about their shared Hulu account – hoping to sit down and watch shows together soon.

“He’s like ‘I love you guys, just get it’, that was the last time he said I love you,” Rivera said.

Fawcett’s family has created a GoFundMe page.

If you have any information about the shooting at the apartment complex, you are urged to call Silent Witness at 480-948-6377. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the silent witness website at

A reward of up to $2,000 is offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

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