BRIDGEPORT — State Sen. Marilyn Moore on Saturday requested that Chief State’s Attorney Richard J. Colangelo Jr. investigate the shooting and subsequent death of 21-year-old Nayir Nixon.
Nixon died Sept. 27 after being shot inside the Keystone social club and then stumbling out only to be struck by a car that fled. No arrest has been made.
The Keystone, a topless bar before being converted into a social club during the pandemic, is managed by Eneida Martinez, a Bridgeport City Council member.
Moore, a Democrat whose 22nd District includes parts of Bridgeport, Montroe and Trumbull, said there is an ongoing federal investigation of fraud in the city of Bridgeport and its Police Department, and believes Nixon’s family deserves an independent investigation.
Moore’s request follows calls by Nixon’s family, the Greater Bridgeport NAACP and community activists for the FBI to take over the investigation of his death.
In her letter to Colangelo, Moore wrote: “(W)ith the ongoing federal investigation of fraud in the city of Bridgeport involving our police chief and others, I am requesting your assistance. I believe the city would benefit if your office leads the investigation into the shooting of 21-year-old Nayir Nixon who was shot and killed.”
“I am also making this request because a Bridgeport elected official is the club owner/manager and I do not believe, based on the recent corruption charges within the Ganim administration, that there will be a non-biased investigation that the family of Nayir deserves,” Moore wrote.
On Sept. 10, fomer Police Chief Armando “AJ” Perez and Personnel Director David Dunn were charged by federal prosecutors with defrauding the city of Bridgeport on allegations of rigging the 2018 police chief examination and making false statements to federal agents in the course of the investigation.
On Friday, Hearst Connecticut Media first reported that Perez and Dunn have agreed to plead guilty, according to court documents, to conspiring to rig the city’s police chief examination so that Perez would win and then lying to federal authorities about it.
According to court documents, the two men, who resigned from the city after their arrests last month, are due in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport Monday morning and expected to waive grand jury indictments and then plead guilty to reduced charges: conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements.
Nixon graduated from the Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Multi-Magnet High School’s biotechnology research and zoological sciences program and briefly attended the University of Hartford for one semester.
Jackie Scott, Nixon’s grandmother, called him “a gentle, sweet soul” who was “a well-rounded young man” smart and was funny.
Following the shooting, Moore called for the closing of Keystone. “Shut it down,” Moore wrote on Facebook.
On Tuesday morning, Martinez told The Connecticut Post that Keystone was “officially done.”
“Keystone will no longer be in business,” Martinez said. “I have to stand by my integrity and my history on violence in the community. … I have fought so long in the East End against violence such as this. Just because it’s an establishment I have ties to doesn’t make a difference. Keystone is closed permanently.”
Nixon’s death was one of four homicides in Brideport in the last week,.
Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia said last Wednesday the most recent homicide investigations are “progressing very rapidly,” adding that the “solvability factor” for the recent killings are at a “good rate at this time.”
Garcia stressed the importance of the community helping police close the cases — and potentially prevent others.
“We need the community to be able to bring information to the Police Department so that we can solve these even quicker,” she said. “We might even be able to avoid or prevent this type of violence — be it a homicide or someone being shot — if someone picks up the phone and says, ‘hey this person has a gun.’”
Addressing the bump in gun violence “is a top priority,” Ganim said. “Certainly for the chief, for the department and for me as mayor.”
He said the city was “shifting resources” to handle the escalating violence.
Anyone with information on any of the city’s recent shootings is asked to call the Bridgeport police tips line at 203-576-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.