After a five year investigation, detectives were able to identify 22-year-old Tyhitt Bember, of New Haven, as the person responsible for fatally shooting 18-year-old Javier Martinez overnight on December 28, 2013.
“This was a case that really rocked this city, obviously this family and this police department because Javier was a young man with a promising future and was an absolute victim of unnecessary gun violence.”New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes
Police say that Bember attempted to rob Martinez, which led to a brief struggle. When Martinez attempted to run away, he was fatally shot.
Bember is currently already in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction for a shooting that occurred on or about January 13, 2014.
For Martinez’s death, Bember was charged with Felony Murder, Criminal Attempt/Robbery and Carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit.
Martinez’s family was there for the announcement.
Javier’s grandmother, Sonia Natal Martinez said, “When this person took my son’s life he was also taking mine. I hope that he pays for all the pain he caused my family. I hope he rots in hell. That would be justice for Javi.”
The case is not closed; police are actively searching for a second suspect.
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