State Police identify 14-year-old who died after being shot in the back of the head


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — State Police have identified the 14-year-old who died after being shot in the back of the head early Monday morning.

Waterbury Police were contacted by staff at St. Mary’s Hospital at about 3:54 a.m. Monday regarding a 14-year-old male patient dropped off in their emergency room. They said the teen had been shot in the back of the head.

The victim, who was later identified as Will Vasquez of Hamden, was then transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford with fatal injuries, according to police.

Police said information developed during the investigation established that the shooting happened within the jurisdiction of State Police’s Westen District Major Crimes Unit. As a result, detectives in that unit have assumed the investigation along with multiple police departments in the state and members of the FBI Taskforce.

Spokesperson for New Haven Public Schools Justin Harmon told News 8 Tuesday that fellow students and teachers at the high school he attends in the district are planning a memorial event.

Darryl Copeland is with the anti-violence group, Ice the Beef.

“The solution is to get their attention now while they are still young and show them that there is hope. That means we just can’t talk about it. We’ve got to do more things to reach them” Copeland said.

Copeland says he recently spoke with a group of teens who have joined the war on violence in their community,

“There’s something that we must do is have more conversations between the adults and our young people. They would love to see more mentoring. After school programs, theatres, arts, performing arts, taping into their talents,” Copeland said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.

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