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Cops Canvass Apartments After Royal’s Murder
by Staff | Oct 22, 2012 3:57 pm
Posted to: Beaver Hills
Detectives knocked on dozens of doors Monday at the Brendan Towers apartments off Whalley Avenue seeking clues about the murder of Christian Garcia.
Garcia’s body was found Sunday night in a basement hallway of the three-story brick apartment complex set back from Whalley behind the Carriage Hill condominiums and next to St Brendan’s Church, near the intersection of Ella Grasso Boulevard.
Garcia, known as “Royal” to his friends, was 26 years old. He lived alone in Apartment 207 in the western wing of the complex; the basement hallway where police found him, responding to a 7:49 call, is in the eastern wing. They found him shot in the chest; EMTs declared him dead at the scene. The police also found several shell casings nearby.
“He was a cool guy,” said one tenant who said he hung out with “Royal.” He said he didn’t know if Royal had a job; police said he didn’t. Other tenants interviewed said they didn’t know Garcia but that he never caused any problems.
Police said Monday afternoon that they don’t have any suspects or a known motive in the homicide.
They also said they had yet to “definitively” connect Garcia’s murder to another shooting. Soon after they found Garcia Sunday night, a man walked into the Yale-New Haven Hospital’s St. Raphael campus emergency room with a gunshot wound.
“We strongly believe [the shootings] are connected, but the [detectives] haven’t officially connected it,” said police spokesman Officer David Hartman.
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It just breaks my heart to pieces every time I turn on the news or come here to this forum, and there is another life recklessly taken. It makes me fearful for my own children. Prayers go out to the friends and family of this young man whomever he may be and trust me, he was somebody. How do we teach our young people that death really is forever? There is no coming back from that. Was it really worth taking someone elses’ life for? Please lord, help us here.