The death of a teenage girl whose friend claimed she shot herself in Hartford last month has now been ruled a homicide.
Hartford police initially referred to the death of 18-year-old Nasashalie Hoy as "untimely" and Hoy’s relatives told NBC Connecticut there was no way the teen took her own life in a shooting. The Medical Examiner’s Office has now classified Hoy's death as homicide.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill told the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters homicide means the death occurred at the hands of another.
"Every day, I go to her grave and tell her, 'I'm going to fight for you. Get justice for you, I promise you,’" Nasashalie’s aunt, Sandy Roldan, said.
While police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting, Hoy's friend, Torrick Maragh, was in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday on gun charges.
Maragh is facing two charges of possession of a sawed off shot gun and remains in prison because he has not made the $800,000 bond. He made his first appearance in court since Hoy was shot and killed.
“We're still doing some investigating in the matter. I know the state wants the entire file from Hartford police, so we're asking for a continuance for that purpose," his public defender, Victoria Pells, said in court.
According to court papers, police called the scene “suspicious." Maragh allegedly told officers, “She shot herself" and said "Hoy straddled him with a shotgun (and) pointed at her neck before it went off."
Hoy's family refuses to believe the claim.
“Impossible, impossible. She couldn't have done it to herself. That wasn't her,” Roldan said. “She was always happy, always trying to succeed in life, always working."
Though Maragh has not been charged in connection with Hoy's death, at court, a representative of his family told the Troubleshooters he is innocent.
Hartford police have no additional comment on the case.