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Teenager Arrested In Shooting Death Of Hartford 3-Year-Old

Brenda Leon
Connecticut Public
This memorial was created for Randell Jones, the 3-year-old Hartford boy killed in a drive-by shooting April 10.

Hartford police have arrested a teenager in the recent shooting death of a 3-year-old boy in the city’s North End. Jaziah Smith, 19, was charged in the killing of Randell Jones. The toddler was killed in a drive-by shooting April 10. He was a passenger in a car with his mother, two older siblings and a man who hasn’t been publicly identified by police.

Hartford police Lt. Aaron Boisvert said Monday that after a weeklong investigation, the Major Crimes Division identified the shooting suspect and was granted a warrant for Smith’s arrest.

“Smith is located in Hartford and was taken into custody without incident,” Boisvert said. “He’s charged with murder [and] is currently being held on a $1.75 million judgment bond.”

At Smith’s arraignment Monday, the bond was increased to $2.5 million.

The investigation remains open. Smith is expected back in court in early May.

Brenda León is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Brenda covers the Latino/a, Latinx community with an emphasis on wealth-based disparities in health, education and criminal justice.

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