- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) - Church bells rang and hundreds of people gathered in Shelton on Thursday as a slain high school student was laid to rest while police continue searching for his killer.

Relatives from Kristjan Ndoj’s native Albania and many of his classmates attended the service, which included songs and scripture readings in both English and Albanian.

The 15-year-old Shelton High School sophomore was found shot in the head and leg in a home’s driveway March 15 and died five days later, becoming the town’s first homicide victim in two decades. Police said they’re investigating numerous tips, including reports that Kristjan was threatened before being shot.

Kristjan’s relatives are pleading with people to come forward with information on the shooting.


“My family hurts so bad, so please, if you know something, please call police,” his uncle told WFSB-TV.

Kristjan’s family described him as a friendly, good-hearted and smart boy who loved to play soccer. They called his death a senseless act of violence.

Relatives carried Kristjan’s casket into St. Joseph’s Church as the service began. Monsignor Chris Walsh told mourners that Kristjan’s grandmother urged him to stay home the night of the shooting, the Connecticut Post reported.

Walsh said people should remember Kristjan’s kindness and do good to others.

Shelton High School Headmaster Beth Smith told the crowd that Kristjan was living proof of the good in this word.

Fellow students are honoring Kristjan’s memory by doing random acts of kindness.

Kristjan was buried at Mount St. Peter’s Cemetery in Hamden.