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Vigil Held for Teen Shot Dead Christmas Eve

The suspected killer appeared in court on Monday.



    Vigil Held for Teen Shot Dead Christmas Eve

    Family members and friends came together Monday night to remember the 14-year-old Bridgeport teenager killed on Christmas Eve. 

    Michael Majors, 23, is facing murder charges in the shooting death of Luis Colon, 14. He appeared in court Monday.

    Police say they responded to the area of 1160 State Street in Bridgeport for reports of a shooting. When they arrived they found two teenage victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

    According to Bridgeport Police Captain A.J. Perez, Colon, was shot in the chest and died of his injuries at St. Vincent's Hospital. The other victim, a 17-year-old Trey Kaiser, was shot in the hand and leg and transported to St. Vincent’s hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

    Police believe Colon was caught in the crossfire between two groups during a shootout.

    “The 14-year-old was crossing the street when he got shot,” Perez said.

    Surveillance video reveals a group of people outside Stylz Barber Shop. Two men, Majors and 17-year-old Trey Kaiser approached the group, police said. Major pulled a gun and opened fire, according to police. A man in front of the store also pulled a gun and the two began shooting, police said. Police estimate between 10 and 15 shots were fired.

    Police don't believe Colon was the intended target.

    “I thought of my grandchildren. It could be anybody’s grandchildren. What a sad loss. He hasn’t even lived," Hortense Bagley, of Bridgeport, said.

    Majors initially denied any involvement, but then confessed that he was the shooter, police said. He was arrested and charged with murder. He is being held on $1 million bond. Police believe the incident is drug related.

    Police say Colon lived in the neighborhood and attended a nearby high school.

    “You could be anywhere and get shot. I mean it’s getting so bad around here. It’s terrible. I’m afraid to walk to the store. Poor little kids are getting killed, for nothing," Gloria Jean, of Bridgeport, said.