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Shelton teen's family asks for public's help

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Kristjan Ndoj, who was shot on Saturday, has died, police said. (Shelton schools photo) Kristjan Ndoj, who was shot on Saturday, has died, police said. (Shelton schools photo)
Shelton school officials and police held a press conference to discuss Kristjan Ndoj's death and the investigation. Shelton school officials and police held a press conference to discuss Kristjan Ndoj's death and the investigation.

The family of a 15-year-old boy who died Thursday from gunshot wounds he suffered over the weekend has asked for the public's help.

Kristjan Ndoj, who was a sophomore at Shelton High School, was hit by two bullets while standing on his bike Saturday, according to police. One hit him in the head, the other the leg.

He died from injuries suffered in the shooting, police said. His family said they had to take him off life support because there was nothing doctors could do.

"My nephew has died today, finished, no more, no more," said Kristjan's Ndoj's uncle, Gjin Ndoj.

Sources and the victim's family told Eyewitness News that Kristjan's Ndoj's girlfriend called him to come to a party. He rode his bike several miles onto Agawam Trail and was in the driveway with a 17-year-old friend when the two shots were fired.

In an exclusive interview, the family of Kristjan Ndoj asked for the public's help finding the killer.

"My family suffers. If someone saw something please call police," Gjin Ndoj said.

Investigators have been trying to figure out where the shots were fired. No arrests have been made.

Family and friends said another teen threatened Kristjan Ndoj over a girl.

"We are aware of the threats," said Shelton Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky, who went on to say it's a "complex investigation."

Police are looking into that as well as many other leads, and have spent many days at the scene collecting evidence. They are treating the incident as a homicide and bringing in more resources.

"We are taking our time. We are being methodical and we want to do it the right way," Kozlowsky said. "And our investigators, the investigators from other agencies have been working tirelessly around the clock. And we will continue to do so."

Shelton school officials and police held a joint news conference Thursday afternoon where they discussed the death of the shooting victim and the latest on the case.

"Today, the Ndoj family suffered the horribly tragic loss with the passing of their beloved Kristjan. A bright boy, and naturally gifted athlete, who seemed wise beyond his years, will be remembered by all who knew him for the sparkle in his bright green eyes," said Michael Boynton, who is the family attorney for Kristjan Ndoj's family.

The student council also extended its condolences through a post on Twitter.

"Rest in peace Kristjan Nodj," the council posted. "Shelton High students will keep you, your family, and your friends in our prayers."

Mental health experts have been brought in to help students cope, school officials said.

Shelton High School headmaster Beth Smith tweeted that all after school activities were canceled for Thursday.

Kristjan Ndoj's family released a statement in which they expressed "their appreciation and deepest thanks to all the doctors, staff and the entire team at Bridgeport Hospital for their heroic efforts trying to save Kristjan's life." 

The family also thanked the Shelton Police Department and other agencies for their "tireless efforts" as well as the residents, "who offered their kind and thoughtful expressions of love and support toward Kristjan and his family."

A GoFundMe fundraising website has raised $17,000 in donations for the family.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Shelton Police Department at 203-924-1544. All calls will be kept confidential.

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