Police investigate homicide of New Haven woman believed to be shot while sleeping

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Police are investigating a homicide in New Haven Friday after a 19-year-old woman was shot in the head while she slept.

Police say on Wednesday at around 8:45 a.m., emergency crews responded to a 911 call for an unconscious person at a Valley Street home.

The victim, 19-year-old Kiana Brown, of New Haven, was taken by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, the Medical Examiner determined that Brown had died from a gunshot wound to the head.

According to authorities, detectives found evidence on scene of gunfire in the roadway and discovered that the home had been struck by a gunshot. Police do not believe Brown was a target of this violence.

Neighbors also reported hearing gunfire in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Her family and friends held a memorial for Brown on Saturday. Included in the memorial, was a photo of her with her basketball teammates at Hillhouse High School before her graduation. She wore number 4.

Family and friends told News 8 Brown was well-liked and also loved to dance and make others feel happy.

The Director of Ice the Beef, a group that tries to stop youth violence, has reached out to Kiana’s family.

“We will not stop. We will make sure that noise is being made for your family. And we want to stand together. It takes the community, it takes a village, and we are not leaving we are fighting for you,” Chaz Carmon said.

The group plans to hold a march to bring attention to the problem of youth violence in the Elm City.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact police at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous.

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