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Man accused in deadly Groton shooting located at Canadian border

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Dante Hughes (Groton police) Dante Hughes (Groton police)
Joey Gingerella (Facebook) Joey Gingerella (Facebook)

A man accused in a deadly shooting in Groton was captured by police at the Canadian border.

Police said 30-year-old Dante Hughes is accused of shooting 24-year-old Joey Gingerella outside of a bar early Sunday morning.

Gingerella was reportedly intervening a fight outside Ryan’s Pub, when he was shot and killed.

“It's just a needless tragedy,” said Groton Police Chief Louis Fusaro Jr. in a previous interview with Eyewitness News.

On Tuesday, police said they learned that Hughes was trying to flee the country. He was detained at the Canadian border, and he is being held in Canada, waiting to be brought back to Connecticut.

Police have not yet released information on the charges he faces.

Family and friends remember Gingerella as a leader in the community who worked hard to help others, after overcoming a drug addiction.

"He was inspirational, helpful and caring individual who put the needs of others before himself," said the victim's stepfather, Joe De la Cruz.

His family founded "Community Speaks Out," an outreach support group for families going through the struggles of addiction.

"He found the courage and strength to confront it and to make positive changes in his life," De la Cruz.

Friends say Gingerella was sober for a long time and became a vocal advocate, often meeting with families face-to-face.

"We all love him and know his legacy will grow through the work of his friends and family who will continue to do so in his memory," De la Cruz said.

Gingerella's family said they plan to start a scholarship in his name.

Stay updated with Eyewitness News as more information on the arrest becomes available. 

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