Police responding to vehicle crash find teen shot and killed in auto

Evalyce Santiago 16 was killed in a shooting and car crash Monday night

Evalyce Santiago 16 was killed in a shooting and car crash Monday night

A teenage girl was shot and killed Monday by her 27-year-old boyfriend - who reportedly also fathered three children with the teen's sister - before the man crashed the vehicle the couple was riding in, police said.

We can't believe this.

Dominique Pittman, 27, of Waterbury, was charged Tuesday with murder in the Monday night death of city resident Evelyse Santiago, a high school student. Police found Pittman "visibly shaken" and suffering from "some bumps and bruises", Waterbury Police Deputy Chief Spagnolo told WFSB. He's accused of shooting the teen girl and escaping the vehicle before it burst into flames.

Pittman and Miss Santiago were in a relationship at the time of her death, but Pittman also had three children with her older sister.

The man's arrest comes after police responded to the road side crash only to find the 16 year old Wilby High School student shot twice in the head and once in the hand, reported the Hartford Courant.

According to the arrest warrant, Pittman told police several variations of the events that happened in the auto; finally saying that they argued in the vehicle because Santiago threatened to tell his girlfriend about their relationship. The age of consent in CT is 16, but if the relationship began while Evalyce was younger than the legal age, the charges against Pittman could become even more complex.

Dominique Pittman 27 faces murder and weapon charges
Dominique Pittman 27 faces murder and weapon charges

"I want to say to everyone Evalyce was my Angel", Plaza told WFSB.

"He was my son in law. It was under our noses and we didn't see it", Francisco Rivera told NBC Connecticut. "He was dating my daughter and he has three kids with my other daughter". "I am so proud of her no matter whether she is here right now with me".

HAPPENING NOW - Loved ones gathered for a candlelight vigil in memory of Evalyce Santiago, 16 year-old shot and killed in Waterbury Monday night. He is being held on a $1 million and will be in Waterbury Superior Court on Wednesday.

"She was always happy, always wanted to have fun", Christy Rivera, who is the aunt of Evalyce, said.

"She was full of joy and laughter and knew how to light up a room", reads a GoFundMe page set up by loved ones asking for help with funeral expenses.

Our hearts are with Evalyce's family and friends during this incredibly hard time.

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