A vigil was held Tuesday night for a man who was kidnapped in Hartford at gunpoint, beaten, shot in the head and left for dead on the side of a road in Portland.
One month after T.J. Jefferson's 26th birthday, he was kidnapped and killed. Three months earlier, his older sister was murdered in New Haven.
Hartford police told Eyewitness News neither case is connected, but detectives said they're working on some strong leads and making progress in Jefferson's homicide case.
Two suspects, a man and a woman, met Jefferson outside an apartment building on Bond Street in Hartford on Sept. 5. Witnesses said that's when a gun was pulled and the three sped off in a black Mercedes.
After the car sped off, about an hour later, a driver in Portland made the gruesome discovery on Riverside Street near the Saint Mary's Cemetery.
Jefferson was found barely clothed and unresponsive suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Eyewitness News learned the Mercedes was found at Lakewood Village in Waterbury by police, where they also executed a search warrant on a condo.
Jefferson's family said they are still reeling from the murder of his older sister Georgette "Candi" Alston in early June. Alston's brutally beaten body found in her New Haven apartment, which was set on fire. Alston's boyfriend, Frank Moore, was arrested.
Anyone with information is urged to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
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