Hundreds of people are saying their final goodbyes to Kristjan Ndoj, a 15-year-old Shelton High School student whose life was cut short when he was shot along Agawan Trail on March 15.
Families and friends gathered at St. Joseph’s Church, at 50 Fairmont Place in Shelton, this morning to focused not on how Kristjan died but on how the teen lived and impacted so many others.
Kristjan was born in Albania and the funeral is a traditional Albanian service, with songs and scriptures being sung and read in English and in Albanian.
Those who knew him described him as a good friend and loving son who was wise beyond his years.
His family described him as a bright and good kid who loved soccer.
Shelton High School headmaster Beth Smith said they really want to tell the story of Kristjan’s life and celebrate the impact he made on the community as a whole.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting and have made no arrests.
Kristjan was shot after riding his bike to a friend's house in a quiet residential neighborhood. He was in critical condition at the hospital and died on March 20 at Bridgeport Hospital.
In dealing with the tragedy, students are already looking to assist others by filling a bulletin board with the random acts of kindness done in his memory.