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6-Year-Old Connecticut Girl Killed During Puerto Rico Visit

The kindergartner had been visiting her father for four days when the shooting happened

(Published Thursday, July 7, 2016)

A 6-year-old kindergartner from Hartford was in Puerto Rico and visiting her father when they were both shot and killed, police said. 

The double homicide happened around 10:36 p.m. on June 30, while 27-year-old Ansel Elpidio Barbosa Artache and his daughter, Janceliz Barbosa Toruella, were driving in the Villa Alegre neighborhood of Gurabo. 

The two were heading to the house of Barbosa-Artache's mother when the shooter began following them, according to Gurabo police. 

Barbosa-Artache and his daughter were pulled over in front of a store in Villa Alegre with their hazard lights on when they were shot several times, according to police. 

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Police are looking for two shooters since they found two different kinds of shell casings around the car.

The mother of Barbosa-Artache told Telemundo Puerto Rico that her son "wasn't a saint." The man had pending charges for allegedly robbing a McDonald's and taking $1,280.

Police believe the shooters knew Barbosa-Artache and an investigation is underway. 

Janceliz was a kindergartner at Moylan Elementary School in Hartford and had been visiting her father for four days when the shooting happened.  

GoFundMe account was set up to pay for the girl's funeral arrangements, according to the Hartford Public School's website

"On behalf of my sister and our entire family, I want to thank the outpouring of support and love for us in this time of pain and tragedy. Janselyz was a beautiful, good and innocent princess. It rends our souls see how this happened. Thank you to everyone who has helped and have us in their prayers," said her aunt, Luz Gonzalez, in a statement originally posted on GoFundMe and translated from Spanish by the school system.

Catalina Trivino contributed to this report. 

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