Police ID Victims of Double Homicide in Hartford

A young man and woman with a child were shot and killed in Hartford just before 10:30 p.m. on Monday and police are searching for the person who killed them.

Police responded to Campfield Avenue and Cowles Street when the shot spotter went off at 10:24 p.m. and they found Joshua Cortez, 22, of Hartford, in the street and his girlfriend, Alysha Ocasio, 23, of Newington, in a car a few feet away.

Cortez was pronounced dead at the scene and Ocasio was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital.

The details on what happened are not clear, but police said there were likely a boyfriend-girlfriend issues and that escalated among several people. 

The grieving family members said the couple had a young daughter.

"She is the most decent young girl. Polite," Alysha Ocasio's uncle, Hector Ocasio, of Hartford, said. "I loved her because she’s so nice."

Authorities said this type of crime is unusual for this neighborhood and they are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Police said they are advancing quickly with the investigation.

A post on the Mothers United Against Violence Facebook page says a candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at 380 Campfield Ave.

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