$3M bail set for man charged with killing 16-year-old girl

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 7, 2017

A man shot and killed a 16-year-old girl in a vehicle before the auto crashed in CT, police said.

Police responded to the scene of that auto crash in the 1700 block of Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury around 10 p.m. Monday and Santiago in the front passenger seat, unresponsive. They say Pittman told officers he and Santiago had struggled over the gun in the vehicle and it went off.

Dominique Pittman, a 27-year-old father of three, has been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Evalyce Santiago, of Waterbury, who was found dead Monday evening after a fiery vehicle crash in the city.

Police said Santiago suffered three gunshot wounds to her body. Santiago was shot in the head twice.

A woman who says she's friends with both families told News 8 it will take a long time for everyone to heal. "I hope she's looking down at me right now and knows that I really love her, and I wish she was here with us today".

See photos from the scene here.

Police are investigating the relationship between Santiago and Pittman.

But James Murphy knows Pittman from a recording studio, and says he doesn't believe the charges.

Police said Pittman was "visibly shaken" at the scene and had some bumps and bruises. He's being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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Of intrigue, police said 'Pittman was known to them'.

'He was my son in law. "I just want the truth", Francisco Rivera, who is the adoptive father of Evalyce 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. "She was just here yesterday".

School officials said Santiago was a student at Wilby High School, but had recently transferred from Crosby High School.

Miss Santiago's family have paid tribute to the "vibrant" teenager who "knew how to light up a room". They are left devastated.

The crash knocked out power to about 140 customers, though as of Tuesday morning, it was restored. The vehicle crashed into the yard of a Waterbury, Conn. home about 10 a.m. Monday.

Thomaston Avenue reopened as of 10:30 a.m. and cars were once again allowed to pass through the street.

The family held a vigil at the crash site this week and have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money towards her funeral.

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