Case Continued for Man Arrested on Weapons Charges After Teen's Death

A 21-year-old Hartford man who was arrested on weapons charges after an 18-year-old Cromwell woman was shot and killed in his Broad Street home appeared in court on Tuesday and the case was continued.

Torrick Maragh has been charged with two counts of possession of a sawed-off shotgun. On Tuesday, his case was continued to May 3.

Hartford police began investigating when they received a frantic 911 call on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

When they rushed to the basement of 1688 Broad St. in Hartford at 11:15 p.m. that night, they found Nasashalie Hoy, 18, of Cromwell, lying on the ground bleeding from the throat.

According to arrest papers, Maragh told detectives Hoy shot herself with a shotgun after the two had an argument.

He said they were initially “tussling” over a shotgun shell and that Hoy had a knife in her hand, but he was able to confiscate it from Hoy before she ran out of the room, according to the arrest warrant. 

When she came back, Hoy straddled Maragh, who was sitting on a bed, and she had a shotgun pointed at her neck when it went off, he said, according to the warrant.

The teenager’s family has said that she did not shot herself.

"She didn't kill herself. My daughter is beautiful. Beautiful daughter, she’s gone my baby girl is gone," Felix Hoy, Nasashalie’s father, said.

Police initially referred to Hoy’s death as "untimely," then the medical examiner’s office classified Hoy's death as a homicide. According to the medical examiner, Hoy died from a bullet to the neck, but it's unclear whether she was the one to pull the trigger.

Police have not arrested anyone in connection with Hoy’s death

According to arrest papers, Maragh owns the gun that took Hoy's life and admitted he hid a second gun in the ceiling before police got to the scene.

He was charged with two counts of possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

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