Police investigating death of Yale grad student, Army veteran shot days before his 27th birthday as homicide

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Yale University graduate student died after a shooting in New Haven over the weekend, now police are looking for his killer.

Just after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, police and fire crews responded to multiple 911 calls of gunfire and a person shot on Lawrence Street between Nicoll Street and Nash Street.

Life saving efforts were attempted, but he died of his injuries.

Credit: Yale University

On Sunday, Yale officials identified the victim as 26-year-old Kevin Jiang, a second-year master’s student at the Yale School of the Environment. He was set to graduate in 2021.

Jiang was also a U.S. Army Veteran and was currently serving in the CT Air National Guard.

According to his Facebook page, he had met the love of his life and became engaged a week before his death.

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Officers are unsure what led up to the shooting. Police said information suggests he was targeted. Police said he was in a car at the time of the shooting. They’re now looking into if the vehicle was involved in a crash beforehand and if this was a road rage incident.

“Our department is working around the clock to solve these most recent acts of violence,” added Police Chief Otoniel Reyes. “We will bring all of our resources to bear to ensure the safety of our city.”

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The investigation surrounding Jiang’s death brought police to a business in North Haven on Tuesday. 

North Haven police said they were at Sims Metals to assist New Haven Police with an investigation.

Multiple police sources have confirmed to News 8 this was tied to the murder investigation and death of Jiang. These police sources said at Sims Metals, they recovered evidence believed to be linked to his homicide.

There’s no word yet on a suspect.

In the meantime, support continues to pour-in for Jiang and his loved ones.

“So many people have been sending me messages, have been posting articles or comments on Facebook,” said Zion Perry, Jiang’s fiancée. “That’s just so amazing, all the people that Kevin touched.”

To honor his memory, a memorial is also being planned for a future date. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous. 

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