FAIRFIELD — Police on Saturday released the name of the man who was shot to death Friday night at Parkway Gardens as the investigation into the city’s first homicide of the year continued.
Meanwhile friends and family members of 21-year-old Terrell Brumfield gathered near the shooting scene Saturday evening to take part in a vigil to honor the Fairfield man’s memory.
Police said Brumfield was shot several times at approximately 8 p.m. Friday while he was in the common green area behind the El Verano Court section of the condominium complex, not far from the community pool.
A memorial of candles, balloons and photos sprung up Saturday behind one of the buildings on El Verano Court. One of the balloons bore Brumfield’s name along with a “rest in peace” message, while candles on the ground appeared to spell out a nickname.
Few other details surrounding Brumfield’s death were released Saturday. Police have not released any information about a possible suspect, who remained at large.
Capt. Joe Allio said Friday that he wouldn’t be surprised if the shooting was connected to a series of shootings at Parkway Gardens during the past month. That history of violence extends beyond the past month to include deadly gunplay.
Two people were killed during a gunfight on March 7, 2012, in a parking lot at the Parkway Gardens complex during a drug deal that turned into a robbery. The double-homicide prompted outreach by police and city officials in the Parkway Gardens community that led to increased police patrols of the neighborhood.
More recently, there was a shooting there in early December with no injuries, followed the next day by a shooting that wounded a 19-year-old. Prior to that, an 18-year-old was shot Nov. 13 while visiting a makeshift memorial near a parking lot on El Verano Court.
Police said Saturday that they have taken measures designed to stop the bloodshed. Police also said numerous people witnessed the fatal attack. Now they want those witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information about Friday’s shooting is asked to call police at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
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