A Yale graduate student was shot and killed in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday night. 26-year-old Kevin Jiang was killed in the Goatville section around 8:30 pm near the intersection of Lawrence and Nicoll streets, reports the New Haven Independent. Jiang got engaged to his girlfriend, who is also a Yale grad student, last week.
Around 8:30 pm on Saturday, emergency dispatch received multiple calls of gunshots and a person shot in the East Rock neighborhood. First responders arrived at the scene of the crime and found Jiang lying on the street near his Toyota Prius. They tried to revive him but were unable to.
Authorities said they found damage to the rear of the Prius. They are looking into the possibility of a car crash before the murder. Police said they have leads on the shooter’s vehicle.
Kevin Jiang was attending Yale’s School of the Environment. He was also a member of the Army National Guard and a military veteran. Prior to this, he was a tank operator in the Army.
Jiang and his mother actively volunteered at Trinity Baptist Church on State Street. The Pastor of the church, Greg Hendrickson said he agreed to officiate Jiang’s wedding earlier this week.
“Now, we will be officiating his funeral instead,” Hendrickson told the New Haven Independent. “As a community, we are grieving deeply right now. But Kevin lived by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in his promise of the resurrection from the dead. Though his earthly life was cut short, he used the time that he had on earth to the fullest. His example inspires us to do the same.”
The President of Yale, Peter Salovey shared the news of Jiang’s passing and expressed his condolences on the school’s website.
“I write with deep sadness to share the news that Kevin Jiang, a graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment, was shot and killed last night near the intersection of Nash Street and Lawrence Street,” he wrote. “The New Haven Police Department is treating this incident as a homicide and is actively working on apprehending the person or people responsible.
“My office has been in close contact with members of Kevin’s family. I wish to convey to them and to all others who loved Kevin my sincere condolences.”