State Police now are overseeing the investigation of the killing of Shelton teenager Kristjan Ndoj. State law enforcement officials are working closely with Shelton police officials on the case.
“We’ve been involved since the onset, working with the Shelton Police Department,” said State Police Lt. Paul Vance on Friday. “We’ve added some more personnel.”
Kristjan Ndoj, 15, was found shot twice in a driveway on Agawam Trail in Shelton’s Pine Rock neighborhood at slightly before 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
The Shelton High School sophomore was rushed to Bridgeport Hospital in critical condition, where he died from his injuries five days later.
‘Actively pursuing leads’
The investigation is ongoing and active, said Vance, spokesman for the State Police. “We definitely have detectives assigned to that case and are actively pursuing leads, with the Shelton Police Department’s help,” he said.
Shelton police have said Kristjan Ndoj and a friend rode their bicycles to the Agawam Trail residence to meet up with friends. He was shot once in the head and once in the leg.
The shots that killed him are believed to have come from a wooded area near the driveway, police have said. This section of Pine Rock is filled with narrow, windy and hilly roads and wooded areas, including next to the Far Mill River that separates Shelton from Stratford.
The teenager had apparently gone to the Agawam Trail residence to help another immigrant family, according to remarks made during a eulogy at his funeral.
Early on in the investigation, the Shelton police began receiving assistance from the State Police, state Environmental Conservation police officers, and police personnel from Ansonia, Derby and Fairfield.
Immigrant from Albania
Ndoj’s family had come to the United States from Albania in 2008, a decade after Kristjan was born in the poor Eastern European nation.
He is survived by his mother, father, brother, grandmother and other family members. His brother is a senior at Shelton High.
The family lives in downtown Shelton.
The community has come together to support the family, with an online fund-raising effort generating more than $26,000. Support also has come from the Albanian immigrant community, which is substantial throughout the Valley, especially in Waterbury.
Smart, friendly, athletic
Kristjan Ndoj is being remembered as a smart, friendly and kind person who excelled at athletics.
“It was Kristjan’s kindness and goodness that should be the thing we celebrate today,” Monsignor Christopher Walsh said at the teenager’s funeral at St. Joseph’s Church in Shelton on March 27.
“He made everyone he encountered feel like a friend,” said Beth Smith, Shelton High School headmaster.
The Ndoj family described Kristjan as “an enthusiastic student” and “a friendly, good-hearted, caring soul that enjoyed playing soccer.”