Back in February, 49-year-old Sandra Hehir was found unconscious and strangled on the floor of her Worcester, Massachusetts home. By the time police got to her, she was dead.

For months, investigators could not figure out who murdered Sandra, but recently police made an arrest after DNA at the crime scene was linked to an unsolved rape that occurred in 2000.

According to CBS Boston, 55-year-old illegal immigrant Jose Melendez was arrested and charged with Sandra's murder. ICE has placed a detainer on him to possibly be deported.

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Prosecutors told Mass Live that Melendez has a long criminal history in other states, including Florida and New York, and uses a number of different aliases.

He is from in the Dominican Republic, yet he was still allowed to live in the U.S. illegally in a sanctuary city before allegedly murdering the beloved teacher's aid.

Sandra's cousin Judy Solomon believes that sanctuary cities are to blame, and she agrees with Donald Trump's position on immigration:

"Well, there’s a lot of frustrations because we need to protect everyone. And, to have people like this running around, it’s scary.

I just think whatever needs to be done for justice for her, if we have to stop funding then let’s do it. It hits home. It’s hard."

Worcester Public Schools

The city of Worchester's police force does not ask about immigration status of the people they arrest.

Immigration is one of the many platforms that Trump ran on during his campaign for president in 2016. He promised to build a wall on the border of Mexico that would keep illegal immigrants out but planned to defund sanctuary cities that protected them.

Trump's administration has continued to move forward with these policies, despite opposition from sanctuary cities.

Soloman hopes that Melendez will face justice for her cousin's murder in Massachusetts before he is deported.

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