Family, friends gather on 2-year anniversary of Jayson Negron’s death
BRIDGEPORT — This spring, Jayson Negron would’ve graduated from high school and been headed to college to pursue a degree in music.
But Negron was killed two years ago Thursday at the age of 15 — fatally shot by Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay on May 9, 2017, on Fairfield Avenue near its intersection with Park Avenue.
Thursday evening, family, friends and activists gathered at the site of his death, memorializing the man he would have become and to celebrate the high school graduation he never got to attend.
Jazmarie Melendez, Jayson’s sister, said her brother was “robbed of” his graduation when he was killed.
“Today is about uplifting him,” Melendez said at the gathering. She said it was also about calling out the officers involved in officer-involved shootings throughout the state and the “epidemic of police brutality.”
She said her family often talks about how her brother would have been excited to graduate high school and go to college to study music.
The group marched throughout the downtown area, protesting that Boulay remains an officer with Bridgeport police. Protestors have frequently called for Boulay to be fired and charged with Negron’s murder.
Despite their cries for charges against Boulay, a report from Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt — who oversaw the state police investigation into the shooting — cleared the officer of any criminal wrongdoing, calling his actions that day justified.
The report from Platt said Negron was driving a stolen car and briefly led police on a pursuit. The report said Negron turned the wrong way onto Fairfield Avenue — a one-way street — and hit Boulay with the car’s door when the officer got out of the cruiser he was in and approached the driver’s side door.
Once Boulay was hit by the door, he fired his department-issue gun, fatally wounding Negron and hitting the passenger, Julian Fyffe, who later recovered from his injuries.
On Thursday, Juan Negron — Jayson’s uncle — was arranging graduation-themed balloons at the site of the memorial with another family member who asked not to be identified by name while the rest of group protested.
Juan Negron said even after two years, the family is still heartbroken over the loss. He said he knows some people don’t understand why they still show up and fight for “justice for Jayson.”
“If it was one of their kids, they would’ve been here, too,” he said.
Police Chief Aramando Perez declined to comment about the gathering Thursday.
Although Boulay was cleared in Platt’s report, there was a separate investigation by internal affairs to determine whether he violated department policy or procedure.
An initial request seeking all documents in the internal investigation, filed in June 2018, was declined by the city attorney’s office.
“This one is still an open/active investigation,” the reply explaining the denial said. “Therefore, we cannot release the file at this time. Once the file is closed we can provide you with the OIA reports.”
An additional request for these documents was submitted in early March. That request is still pending.