The family of 22-year-old James Dudley breathed a sigh of relief when police told them they found the person they believe was responsible for their don's death, but they're taking no comfort that the suspect is a minor.
"I just want to thank the Hamden Police Department," said Pamela Heard, Dudley's mother.
She broke down in tears after the suspect in her son's murder was caught.
"For someone to take his life at such a young age," she said. "He would have been 23 in January."
A few years ago the Dudleys left their home on North Street seeking a safer neighborhood. James started a job, working with children with special needs, but the ties to old friends brought him back.
"He wasn't involved in drugs," Heard said. "He was always home. Besides hanging out with his buddies on North Street, he was just your average young adult."
On Saturday night, his family said he went to see them. Around 9:30 p.m., an argument broke out and James was shot multiple times. Police worked the case around the clock, and with the help of social media, made an arrest on Monday.
"He's being charged with felony murder, unlawful discharge of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit," said Hamden police Chief Thomas Wydra. "The person is a juvenile."
Because of that, police are not releasing the suspect's name or age, but the family still has questions.
"Even if they had an argument, we don't know all the details yet, but just for an argument, it's just so unbecoming of youth these days," Heard said.
Right now, there's still no motive for the shooting, but police said James may have known his shooter for a brief period of time.
The suspect is at Bridgeport Juvenile Corrections and they are trying to determine which court will hear the case.
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