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Funeral services held for teenager shot, killed in Shelton

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The service began at 10 a.m., according to the Ndoj family. (WFSB photo) The service began at 10 a.m., according to the Ndoj family. (WFSB photo)
The funeral procession was set to lay Kristjan to rest Thursday. (WFSB photo) The funeral procession was set to lay Kristjan to rest Thursday. (WFSB photo)
Kristjan Ndoj's funeral was set for Thursday. (Shelton schools photo) Kristjan Ndoj's funeral was set for Thursday. (Shelton schools photo)
SHELTON, CT (WFSB) -

A teen from Shelton, who was mysteriously shot and killed in his girlfriend's driveway, was laid to rest Thursday.

The bells tolled for 15-year-old Kristjan Ndoj at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Shelton as part of his funeral service. He was buried at Mt. St. Peter's Cemetery in Derby afterward.

Hundreds of people poured into St. Joseph's Church in downtown Shelton for a mass that was presented in the teen's Albanian heritage.

"He didn't deserve it. Nobody deserves it," said Tyera Sowell, who is Kristjan's friend. "It's very sad to see that he's gone for no reason."

Kristjan's family said they wanted to focus Thursday on honoring the Shelton High School sophomore. They also hope someone with information on the killer will come forward.

"My family hurts so bad, so please, if you know something, please call police," Gjin Ndoj, Kristjan's uncle previously told Eyewitness News.

The Ndojs' attorney said family members from Kristjan's native Albania were able to get visas to attend Thursday's services.

"One day a student he didn't even know looked sad, so he went and bought him a piece of pizza to cheer her up," said the headmaster at Shelton High School, Dr. Beth Smith, about Kristjan.

Smith delivered the eulogy. She shared a story how Kristjan fooled his dad, who didn't speak very good English, during a parent-teacher conference.

"When the teacher stated he needed to work harder on English, Kristjan translated to his father that he was doing well in English," Smith said, which caused laughter in the church. 

Shelton High School's Crisis Center has been open for students who need it. The school also encouraged students to attend the funeral with their families.

The teen was shot March 15 on his bike while standing in his girlfriend's driveway, police said. His family said they had to take him off of life support days later.

Police said they were looking into a tip that Kristjan was threatened over a girl. Sources close to the investigation told Eyewitness News that theory has not led to any suspects. Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit sent dozens of investigators to help Shelton police investigate.

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