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Man killed in Hartford may have been trying to sell item on Craigslist

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Hartford police are investigating reports that the man found shot in the head Wednesday night was trying to sell someone an electronic tablet he had listed on Craigslist.

Shortly after 8 p.m. police said they received a 911 call from someone who said a man was found in a car on Allendale Road suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

The shooting victim, identified as Felix DeJesus, 40, of Cromwell, was rushed to Hartford Hospital.

DeJesus, a father of two, was taken off life support at 3:45 a.m. and died a short time later.

His family said he worked for a Southington hotel to support his infant son, daughter and the mother of his children, who he was set to marry.

DeJesus has no criminal history, according to family members.

"He was a great kid. He always helped everyone. Never got into trouble," said DeJesus's father, Felix DeJesus. "The animal that killed him, I hope he drops dead."

When using Craigslist, the buyer and seller often meet in person to exchange the goods for cash.

Family members said DeJesus was planning to meet someone who was interested in his tablet.

"It was terrible, never seen anything like that before," said Nancy Mercado, who told Eyewitness News she never heard the gun fire, but saw the large police presence.

Even more frightening for Mercado is the fact she's a Craigslist user, too.

"I do, unfortunately. It's unfortunate this happened," Mercado said. "Never heard something like this in my life and it makes me wonder would I ever use it again."

Police said they're trying to develop a suspect and speak to witnesses. It's unclear investigators said if the person the victim was trying to sell to is the killer.

"As we speak Major Crimes is actively investigating," said Hartford Police Lt. Brian Foley. "We'll continue to investigate. We're making progress with the investigation."

Anyone with information is urged to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

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