Suspected gang member arrested for murder of Hamden teen

UPDATE 11:30 p.m. Thursday: The mother of the slain teen talked to News 8 about her son. The video has just been added above.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Police have arrested a man for the murder of a Hamden teen.

Jeffrey Covington, 18, was arraigned Thursday and is being held on $2 million bond.

Taijhon Washington was fatally shot March 24 on the corner of Lilac and Butler streets in New Haven. He was 17. His half brother was also injured and remains in critical condition.

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According to an arrest warrant, sources told police both the victim and suspect were gang members.

Jeffrey Covington, 18, is charged with murder for the shooting death of a 17-year-old Hamden teen in New Haven on March 24, 2014. (Photo: New Haven Police Department)
Jeffrey Covington, 18, is charged with murder for the shooting death of a 17-year-old Hamden teen in New Haven on March 24, 2014. (Photo: New Haven Police Department)

The day after the shooting, police said they found a Facebook post by the accused shooter, which read: “I go crazy for my squad. I go crazy for my strip.” The post had pictures of two blasts and a gun, police said.

The next day, police said sources told them that Washington and his half brother were part of the Goodrich Street Bangers gang and that they were feuding with R-2/West Read gang members.

Then on March 27, a witness came forward and told police Covington was responsible for the murder, police said.

“The department gets our information from a community that trusts us,” New Haven police chief Dean Esserman said Thursday after the arrest. “And I think we’re developing trust in the community and we have detectives out there who put in the hours.”

Covington is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, and carrying a pistol without a permit. He is due back in court May 6.

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