Police focus on forensics, witnesses in Kristjan Ndoj murder case

The State Police’s Major Crimes Unit is still “actively investigating” the killing of Shelton teen Kristjan Ndoj in March, with assistance from the Shelton Police Department.

State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance, the state agency’s spokesman, said the work involves going over forensic evidence with crime laboratories and scientists as well as continuing to interview witnesses and others with possible knowledge of the crime.

“We’re following any and every lead that has come up in this investigation,” Vance said.

He said law enforcement officials are interested in “talking to anyone who has any knowledge at all on this investigation.”

Was shot twice in driveway

Kristjan Ndoj, a 15-year-old sophomore at Shelton High School, was found shot twice at slightly before 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 while in a driveway on Agawam Trail, a road in the city’s Pine Rock neighborhood.

He had been shot in the head and leg. He died five days later at Bridgeport Hospital from his injuries.

Police have said Kristjan and a friend rode their bicycles to meet with friends at the location.

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.

Shots fired from wooded area?

Police have said they believe the shots were likely fired from a nearby wooded area.

Pine Rock is an area traversed by narrow, curvy and hilly roads, which are near where lower Long Hill Avenue intersects with Route 110 (River Road). Agawam Trail is adjacent to a wooded buffer area for the Far Mill River, which forms the border between Shelton and Stratford in this vicinity.

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.

Family is 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 Naugatuck Valley, especially in Waterbury.

Kristjan’s fellow youth soccer players and adult coaches also have rallied to provide support for the Ndoj family. Prior to his death, Kristjan had just finished a season of playing in a winter indoor soccer league at the Boys & Girls Club in Shelton.

Smart, friendly, respectful, 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.”

Jim Ferris, a youth soccer coach, described Kristjan as “such a respectful kid as well as a great soccer player. He was a great teammate. He never lost his temper. He was smart. There are so many good things to say about him.”