Hartford teen who was fatally shot is ID’d

Hartford police cruiser.  (WTNH / George Roelofsen / File)
Hartford police cruiser. (WTNH / George Roelofsen / File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Hartford police are investigating the fatal shooting of a student now identified as Deon Palmer.

Police say they responded to a report of shots fired at 362 Sigourney Street just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. An unresponsive man was found suffering from two gunshot wounds to the thigh and the torso. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Schools Supt. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez released a statement Wednesday night. “The passing of a member of our school community is always heartbreaking, regardless of the circumstances. It is particularly distressing when the subject of our grief is a popular high school senior, who was well loved by his teachers and classmates. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Deon Palmer. I ask that we honor Deon’s memory with a moment of silence and acts of kindness toward each other,” Narvaez said.

Although classes at Hartford Public High School are not currently in session, the district has a team of grief counselors, psychologists and social workers available at the school site to provide students with counseling and support, the superintendent said.

The homicide, Hartford’s ninth this year, is under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Hartford police at 860-757-4089.

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