An arrest has been made in the murder of Wendi Davidson, a North Andover, Massachusetts resident.
“It definitely took the distress off a very difficult day,” said the victim’s son Josh. “Made it a little bit easier to know that he was in custody, that they got him.”
Josh Davidson says his family got word of the arrest as they were driving to Wendi’s funeral Friday morning.
The defendant is Brian Chevalier, a New Hampshire resident. He was Wendi’s ex-fiance.
“I had met him twice,” said Josh. “He’d been over to the house a couple of times for dinner, just an initial meeting, once he’d gotten engaged to my mother.”
Prosecutors say Chevalier is the man who strangled the hard-working accountant and devoted mother inside her North Andover home a week ago.
Family members did not like him from the start, but wanted to give him a chance because Wendi believed in him.
“She said that she was very much in love with him,” said Josh. “Thought she had found the one, she thought she had something there.”
Chevalier was arrested in Southern California, near the Mexican border. It’s unknown if he was hoping to leave the country.
“Once it was determined it was a murder I immediately thought it was him,” said Josh.
Wendi and Brian dated for a couple of months before getting engaged, but broke up about a month later in March.
Her family says even though Brian hoped to rekindle the relationship, Wendi did not seem concerned for her safety.
“She would drop everything and be there for you and ask questions later,” said Josh. “Her smile would light up a room, she just touched so many lives.”
Chevalier will be in court in California on Monday.
It’s unknown when he’ll be brought back to Massachusetts to face the murder charge.
He is also wanted for violating parole in a New Hampshire case.