Category Archives: Connecticut

Killed – Jaymar Spain (West Haven, CT)

Jaymar Spain

WEST HAVEN — A local man was shot and killed outside a Campbell Avenue bar early Sunday, police said.

Around 2 a.m., officers responded to Lager House, 555 Campbell Ave., after receiving numerous 911 calls reporting a person had been shot. Upon arrival, police found Jaymar Spain, 23, suffering from a gunshot wound along with a large group of people fighting. Additional officers from Milford, Orange and the state police were called to the scene to assist, police said.

Spain was taken to an area hospital for treatment but died from his injuries, police said.

Police believe Spain may have been involved in a fight inside the bar’s bathroom before the shooting but said many witnesses at the scene refused to cooperate or answer questions. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call West Haven police at (203) 937-3900.

http://articles.courant.com/2013-12-29/community/hc-west-haven-shooting-1230-20131229_1_west-haven-bar-gunshot-wound-man-shot-and-killed

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20131229/west-haven-police-identify-man-fatally-shot-outside-lager-house-bar

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Person-Shot-at-West-Haven-Pub-278111121.html

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/West-Haven-Bar-Reopens-After-Deadly-Shooting–247968471.html

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Man-Shot-to-Death-in-West-Haven-Bar-Fight-237877541.html

http://www.keenanfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jaymar-Spain/

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=168959942

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Jaymar-Lenar-Spain-97909242

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Killed – Javier Martinez (New Haven, CT)

Javier Martinez

New Haven police are investigating a homicide early Saturday morning.

According to police, 18-year-old Javier Martinez of New Haven was shot and killed near the intersection of Hemmingway Avenue and Russell Street.

Officers were called to the scene at 12:48 a.m. after receiving several 911 calls reporting shots in the area and a person lying in the roadway.

NEW HAVEN >> Javier Martinez, 18, had attended a renowned charter high school, interned in nationally competitive programs and was about a week away from purchasing a car with money he had earned at his job.

Colleges had reached out to him, asking that the high-achieving student apply.

By all accounts of family, friends and educators, he was a bright, hard-working and empathetic young man with a love for the environment and a desire to make the world a better place.

Martinez’s life was cut short Dec. 28 when he was shot multiple times. His body was found in the area of Hemingway Avenue and Russell Street shortly before 1 a.m.

http://www.wfsb.com/story/24318269/homicide-under-investigation-in-elm-city

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140103/new-haven-shooting-victim-18-recalled-as-environmentalist

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/javier_martinezs_shooting_death_sparks_senate_call_to_action/

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140523/wetlands-at-common-ground-dedicated-for-new-haven-shooting-victim-javier-martinez

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/239533411.html

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20131231/fatal-shooting-of-new-haven-man-18-ruled-homicide

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/javier_martinez_laid_to_rest/

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Police-Investigate-Fatal-Shooting-in-New-Haven-237812381.html

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=168842633

Killed – Angel Vasquez (Hartford, CT)

Angel Vasquez

Police are investigating after a man was shot to death in a parking lot outside 109 Adelaide Street in Hartford’s 22nd homicide of the year.

The victim has been identified by his family as Angel Vasquez, 23. He died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting in a parking lot outside 109 Adelaide Street in Hartford on Dec. 20 and said he is a convicted felon.

Angel Vasquez, 23, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they identified Daniel Morales, 30, of East Hartford and Hartford, as a suspect through DNA.

Morales, a convicted felon, was out on parole, police said, and authorities found him with help from parole officers.

When police interviewed Morales on April 24, he confessed to shooting and killing Vasquez, according to a news release from Hartford Police.

Police say they responded to 109 Adelaide Street on Decemeber 20th around 9 PM, to find 23-year-old Angel Vasquez suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Poice-Respond-to-Hartford-Shooting-236821911.html

http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-03/community/hc-hartford-fatal-shooting-0604-20140603_1_dna-match-angel-vasquez-detectives

http://www.wfsb.com/story/25401930/police-man-known-as-mafi-confesses-to-hartford-homicide

http://video.ct.com/Angel-Vazquez-Vigil-Held-In-Hartford–25483393

http://foxct.com/2013/12/30/family-of-enfield-man-killed-in-hartford-calls-for-justice/

http://wtnh.com/2014/05/01/hartford-pd-make-arrest-december-murder/

Killed – Deveron McLaughlin (New Haven, CT)

Deveron McLaughlin

NEW HAVEN — A 32-year-old local man was shot and killed in a parking lot on Weybosset Street Saturday evening, police said.

Deveron McLaughlin, of Munson Street, was shot once in the head, according to police. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting happened around 7:21 p.m. in the rear parking lot of 71 Weybosset St.

http://articles.courant.com/2013-12-14/community/hc-new-haven-shooting-1215-20131214_1_man-shot-yale-new-haven-hospital-shooting

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140126/new-haven-mother-who-lost-son-wants-community-to-rise-up-against-violence

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20131214/man-shot-dead-new-haven-police-investigating-19th-homicide-of-the-year

http://foxct.com/2013/12/14/man-shot-killed-in-new-haven/

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/235893371.html

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/man_shot_dead4/

https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=1NJa9YzHqEzKJb8QKwHKwqVTtooBFDTeEnbJcuYQ#rows:id=1

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=168894220

http://www.keyesfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?id=568514

Killed – Gregory Bendas (Farmington, CT)

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A domestic disturbance in Farmington between a father and his adult son ended with the 43-year-old son shot and killed by police.

The victim is identified as Gregory Bendas, of 3 Butternut Dr., which is where the shooting took place.

Officers were called about 10:45 p.m. Thursday to the Butternut Drive home. They say when they got there the son confronted them in the street with a gun. An officer shot him and he died at the scene.

The father has not been identified and it’s not clear why he was at his son’s home.

The stepfather didn’t just lose his stepson that day. He also lost his wife, Bendas’ mother, after she passed away in Simsbury at McLean’s on Dec. 12, according to an obituary published in The New Britain Herald. The obituary calls him her “soulmate” and states that the two were married in 1980. The obituary also acknowledges that “her loving son,” Bendas, “passed away unexpectedly on the same day as his mom.”

http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/man-shot-and-killed-by-farmington-police/

http://patch.com/connecticut/farmington/farmington-police-report-history-of-calls-at-site-of-officerinvolved-shooting

http://articles.courant.com/2013-12-13/community/hc-farmington-shooting-1214-20131213_1_butternut-stepfather-state-police

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/235684151.html

http://www.wfsb.com/story/24210886/farmington-man-killed-by-police-during-dispute-idd

http://foxct.com/2013/12/13/man-shot-dead-after-confronting-police-with-firearm/

http://www.westhartfordnews.com/articles/2013/12/23/news/doc52b1b4450f3bb353125574.txt

Mass Shooting – Killed – Artara Benson (Manchester, CT)

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MANCHESTER — The man who shot three women and then killed himself in Manchester late Saturday night had fathered a child with one of the female victims and was involved in a child support dispute with her, according to family members and court records.

For the past two weeks, Brittany Mills, 28, a standout basketball player at Weaver High School, class of 2004, had been trying to end a relationship with John Louis Lynn, the father of their 13-month-old son, members of Mills’ family said Sunday.

Earlier this year, a Superior Court judge had ordered Lynn to pay child support. Mills later sought a contempt finding and a wage garnishment against Lynn. The case remains open, records show.

After Mills ended the on-again, off-again, five-year relationship two weeks ago, Lynn “was over there all the time,” said Mills’ sister, Tashua Parker. “She was trying to stop him from coming.”

Parker said Lynn, 41, and Mills had a strained relationship.

“It wasn’t physical … we just didn’t think it would ever go this far,” Parker said.

Until late Saturday night.

Concerned that Mills wasn’t answering her phone Saturday, Mills’ two cousins, Kameisha Mills, 23, of Manchester, and Artara Benson, 46, of Vauxhall, N.J., had gone to check on Mills at her apartment at 190 Pine St., family members said.

At 9:40 p.m., Manchester police received reports of multiple gunshots at 190 Pine St. in the Dye House apartments.

Police arrived within minutes and confronted a man in the parking lot of the apartment building. The man was armed with a handgun and carrying a 13-month-old child, Capt. Christopher Davis said in a statement.

After a confrontation with officers, “it appears [the suspect] put the child on the ground before shooting himself,” Davis said. “One officer also fired one shot at the suspect, but it does not appear that the suspect was struck by the officer’s bullet.”

The child, unharmed by the gunfire, was transported to a hospital for evaluation, Davis said.

MANCHESTER – The families of three women killed in a grisly murder-suicide inside a Manchester apartment complex in December of 2013 have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the property management company alleging that it failed to keep them safe, according to court documents.

“The injuries and damages including death…were the direct proximate cause and substantial factor of the negligence and carelessness of the defendant,” states the lawsuit filed in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday against the Dye House Apartments and its management company the Simon Konover Company, one of the largest property management company’s in the state.

http://articles.courant.com/2013-12-09/community/hc-manchester-shooting-1208-20131207_1_three-women-gunshot-dye-house

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Manchester-Police–234925491.html

http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-manchester-triple-homicide-lawsuit-1211-20141210-story.html

http://www.wfsb.com/story/24171815/relatives-of-3-women-killed-in-manchester-shooting-speak-out

http://foxct.com/2014/12/10/victims-families-sue-manchester-apartment-complex-after-killings/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2520726/Connecticut-man-kills-3-women-handing-baby-shooting-himself.html

http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2013/12/family_friends_shocked_at_union_township_woman_death_connecitcut_shooting.html

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Families-of-Manchester-Shooting-Victims-File-Suit-Against-Apartment-Complex–285348491.html

http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-woman-among-four-dead-in-connecticut-murder-suicide-1.668677

http://patch.com/connecticut/manchester/police-release-identity-of-pine-street-homicide-suspect-victims

http://articles.courant.com/2013-12-09/news/hc-manchester-triple-1210-20131209_1_child-support-manchester-police-officer-parking-lot

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?pid=168484037

http://hosting-19758.tributes.com/obituary/show/Kamesha-V.-Mills-97341033

http://www.carmonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Kamesha-V.-Mills/Manchester-CT/1321974

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?pid=168484038

http://hosting-19758.tributes.com/obituary/show/Brittany-S.-Mills-97341034

http://www.carmonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Brittany-S.-Mills/Manchester-CT/1321976

Triple Murder/Suicide – Dead – John Lynn (Manchester, CT)

John Lynn

MANCHESTER — The man who shot three women and then killed himself in Manchester late Saturday night had fathered a child with one of the female victims and was involved in a child support dispute with her, according to family members and court records.

For the past two weeks, Brittany Mills, 28, a standout basketball player at Weaver High School, class of 2004, had been trying to end a relationship with John Louis Lynn, the father of their 13-month-old son, members of Mills’ family said Sunday.

Earlier this year, a Superior Court judge had ordered Lynn to pay child support. Mills later sought a contempt finding and a wage garnishment against Lynn. The case remains open, records show.

After Mills ended the on-again, off-again, five-year relationship two weeks ago, Lynn “was over there all the time,” said Mills’ sister, Tashua Parker. “She was trying to stop him from coming.”

Parker said Lynn, 41, and Mills had a strained relationship.

“It wasn’t physical … we just didn’t think it would ever go this far,” Parker said.

Until late Saturday night.

Concerned that Mills wasn’t answering her phone Saturday, Mills’ two cousins, Kameisha Mills, 23, of Manchester, and Artara Benson, 46, of Vauxhall, N.J., had gone to check on Mills at her apartment at 190 Pine St., family members said.

At 9:40 p.m., Manchester police received reports of multiple gunshots at 190 Pine St. in the Dye House apartments.

Police arrived within minutes and confronted a man in the parking lot of the apartment building. The man was armed with a handgun and carrying a 13-month-old child, Capt. Christopher Davis said in a statement.

After a confrontation with officers, “it appears [the suspect] put the child on the ground before shooting himself,” Davis said. “One officer also fired one shot at the suspect, but it does not appear that the suspect was struck by the officer’s bullet.”

The child, unharmed by the gunfire, was transported to a hospital for evaluation, Davis said.

MANCHESTER – The families of three women killed in a grisly murder-suicide inside a Manchester apartment complex in December of 2013 have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the property management company alleging that it failed to keep them safe, according to court documents.

“The injuries and damages including death…were the direct proximate cause and substantial factor of the negligence and carelessness of the defendant,” states the lawsuit filed in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday against the Dye House Apartments and its management company the Simon Konover Company, one of the largest property management company’s in the state.

http://articles.courant.com/2013-12-09/community/hc-manchester-shooting-1208-20131207_1_three-women-gunshot-dye-house

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Manchester-Police–234925491.html

http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-manchester-triple-homicide-lawsuit-1211-20141210-story.html

http://www.wfsb.com/story/24171815/relatives-of-3-women-killed-in-manchester-shooting-speak-out

http://foxct.com/2014/12/10/victims-families-sue-manchester-apartment-complex-after-killings/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2520726/Connecticut-man-kills-3-women-handing-baby-shooting-himself.html

http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2013/12/family_friends_shocked_at_union_township_woman_death_connecitcut_shooting.html

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Families-of-Manchester-Shooting-Victims-File-Suit-Against-Apartment-Complex–285348491.html

http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-woman-among-four-dead-in-connecticut-murder-suicide-1.668677

http://patch.com/connecticut/manchester/police-release-identity-of-pine-street-homicide-suspect-victims

http://articles.courant.com/2013-12-09/news/hc-manchester-triple-1210-20131209_1_child-support-manchester-police-officer-parking-lot

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?pid=168484037

http://hosting-19758.tributes.com/obituary/show/Kamesha-V.-Mills-97341033

http://www.carmonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Kamesha-V.-Mills/Manchester-CT/1321974

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?pid=168484038

http://hosting-19758.tributes.com/obituary/show/Brittany-S.-Mills-97341034

http://www.carmonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Brittany-S.-Mills/Manchester-CT/1321976