A dead teenage girl pulled from a car crash on Dec. 4 was allegedly shot before the accident.
Evalyce Santiago, 16, was found dead with gunshot wounds to her head and hand inside the wrecked car in Waterbury, Connecticut, Daily Mail reported.
Her 27-year-old boyfriend, Dominique Pittman, who was rescued from the wreckage, was arrested on suspicion of murder after police found a gun in the car. Pittman had been driving the car before the crash; Evalyce was found in the passenger seat.
Police say they have determined that Evalyce was shot at some point before the car crashed into a telephone pole.
However, it is unclear whether she died from the gunshot wounds or the crash.
"The factors that caused this tumultuous end are still under investigation and we're hoping to resolve that shortly," Waterbury Police Deputy Chief Fernando Spagnolo said during a news conference on Dec. 5, reported WVIT.
Pittman and Evalyce were in a relationship at the time of her death, though Pittman had fathered three children with her older sister, according to WFSB. WVIT, though, reported that Pittman fathered the three children with Evalyce's aunt.
In an interview with WFSB, Evalyce's adoptive father implied that Pittman and the older relative were married. "He was my son in law," he said. "I just want the truth. He was dating my daughter and he has three kids with my other daughter."
Evalyce's grandfather, Francisco Rivera, told WVIT that he raised her, but that he was unaware of her relationship with Pittman. "Nobody knows nothing until something happens," he said. "That's when we all realize the tragedy. It was under our noses and we didn't see it. We go on with life. He looks at four walls and figures out what he did wrong."
Evalyce had recently transferred from Crosby High School to Wilby High School, WVIT reports. Grief counselors are working with both schools to help students deal with the tragedy.
Evalyce's family held a vigil at the crash scene.
In an effort to offset funeral expenses, a GoFundMe page was created by Evalyce's friends and family, reported the New York Daily News. The page said that Evalyce "had a vibrant life ahead of her. She was full of joy and laughter and knew how to light up a room."
Pittman is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 6 on murder and weapon charges. including carrying a pistol without a permit and weapons in a motor vehicle.
His bond has been set at $1 million.