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Cops search for LaGuardia student’s killer

Police prepare to tow the minivan Euton Christian had been riding in from the corner of 11th Avenue. Photo by Christina Santucci
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SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were looking for whoever killed a 22-year-old LaGuardia Community College student in South Jamaica last week. As of Tuesday, there had not been any arrests in the case.

According to the NYPD, police were called to the corner of 156th Street and 111th Avenue a little after 11 p.m. June 13 and found Euton Christian, of Valley Stream L.I., with gunshot wounds to his torso. Christian was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

“The LaGuardia community is shocked and saddened by this tragic news,” Gail Mellow, president of the college, said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathy to Euton’s family and all who are grieving.”

Several residents said they had heard two shots, which they described as explosions or fireworks.

One man, who declined to give his name, said that after he heard the shots, two police officers on foot came running on 111th Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard.

“It sounded like canons,” the man said, adding that he heard someone shouting, “‘I’m shot. I’ve been hurt.’”

Emergency medical responders tried to revive Christian, the man said, but were unable to.

The man said he saw two men running in the backyard of a home across the street and one scaled a fence at least one story in height before fleeing.

Last Thursday morning, police tape surrounded a blue minivan that several residents said Christian had been driving before he was killed.

Another resident, who did not give his name, said the minivan had been bumped by another vehicle before the shooting.

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