Ricardo Arroyo, a 36-year-old from Wethersfield, is the city’s 21st homicide victim of the year. He was found Monday night in the driver’s seat of a burning car on Monroe Street, according to police. Arroyo had been shot in the head.
Until Arroyo’s death, the last recorded city homicide was in October, when the son of local businessman and activist Sam Saylor was fatally shot on a Saturday afternoon near Betances School. Shane “KC” Oliver was 20 years old when he died and a suspect was arrested days after the shooting.
The Courant’s Hilda Muñoz reported late last month that Oliver’s death was the 20th Hartford homicide in 2012. She also noted the possibility of a milestone for the police department, which has sought to reduce violent crime with the Hartford Shooting Task Force.
“If nobody else is killed in the city before the end of the year,” Muñoz wrote, “2012 would have the fewest homicides since 2004.”
Anyone with information about Monday’s shooting is asked to call police Lt. Brian Foley of the Major Crimes Division at 860-757-4463.
UPDATE: Police announced that Verall “Anthony” Hampton, a 41-year-old who was shot fives times on Nov. 11 in the North End, died from his injuries at 3:33 p.m. today at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
Byron Williams, 44, a chronic offender known as “Bleach,” has been charged in the case. Police say Williams has 49 prior arrests in Hartford.
Hampton’s death makes it 22 homicides in the city.