Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Vigil held for Waterbury teen fatally killed by 27-year-old man

Evalyce Santiago                        CBS affiliate WFSB Evalyce Santiago CBS affiliate WFSB
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 19:23

WFSB-TV reports that the crash happened around 11 p.m. on Monday near Thomaston Avenue. Santiago was found in the passenger seat of the Nissan sedan with three gunshot wounds to the head and hands.

Police said that the suspect, who was driving the vehicle, opened fire before the crash, and escaped with only bumps and bruises. It was not clear when she was shot. "I am so proud of her no matter whether she is here right now with me".

See photos from the scene here.

Investigators determined that 16-year-old Evalyce Santiago was gunned down prior to the Monday night crash in Waterbury, and arrested a suspect in connection to her death, news station WFSB reported. Police said they do not know whether or not Santiago died from the crash or the gunshot wound. "Pittman was visibly shaken and suffered some bumps and bruises", Spagnolo said.

Pittman has been charged with murder and several weapons violations connected to the teen's death.

Pittman is being held on $1 million bond and is due to be arraigned in court Wednesday morning.

"He was my son in law. We never realized it", Francisco Rivera said. "He was dating my daughter and he has three kids with my other daughter".

"She was always happy, always wanted to have fun", Christy Rivera, who is the aunt of Evalyce, said. Grief counselors are on hand for the students at both schools.

Pictured, Wilby High School student, Evalyce Santiago.Evalyce Santiago celebrated by grieving family and friends.

Miss Santiago's family have paid tribute to the "vibrant" teenager who "knew how to light up a room". "She was pure a better me".

The power was knocked out to around 100 homes at the time.

Police told WFSB-TV there were at least two other people in the auto with her. Eversource power crews put in temporary replacements until they can replace the entire pole. The vehicle ended up in the yard of a home near Sheffield Street.

A GoFundMe was created to cover funeral and burial expenses for Santiago.