Police ID Man Found Dead Near Woodbridge Athletic Fields

NBC CT/Woodbridge Police

Police have identified the man found dead at an athletic field in Woodbridge Tuesday.

They say 33-year-old Rondell Atkinson, of West Haven, was the victim of a homicide.

Family and friends – as well as the gospel community in the state – were stunned by the killing.

“The family is going to miss him, the fans. I’m torn apart by it," Dorsey said.

James Bernard Dorsey – a gospel event promoter – is among those in disbelief. Those who knew Atkinson say everybody loved him, including for his singing.

“A local superstar. He was going places. The sky was the limit for him.”

A jogger found Atkinson's body on the property of the Pease Road Playground and Alegi Athletic Fields around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

His cause of death has not been released.

Police are looking for Atkinson's car. It's a gray 2016 Hyundai Sonata with Connecticut license plate BC 15394.

Woodbridge police and the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Unit are investigating the homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call Woodbridge police at (203) 387-2511.

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