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Four suspects charged in the 2013 murder of beloved Riverhead High School graduate and Suffolk County Community College student Demitri Hampton are likely to face trial in 2017, according to prosecutors. READ

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Demitri Hampon appeared on the cover of a Suffolk County Community College campus magazine in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Demitri Hampon appeared on the cover of a Suffolk County Community College campus magazine in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The family and friends of Demitri Hampton, a local college student who was killed in a botched home invasion in Flanders more than a year ago, are holding a fish fry dinner to help raise funds for his memorial scholarship fund this Saturday.  (more…)

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COURTESY PHOTO | Juanita Trent, Demitri Hampton's mother, at a bench dedicated in his honor on the campus of Suffolk County Community College.

COURTESY PHOTO | Juanita Trent, Demitri Hampton’s mother, at a bench dedicated in his honor on the campus of Suffolk County Community College.

On Monday afternoon, Demitri Hampton’s mother, brother, sister and girlfriend visited the bench dedicated in his memory at the Suffolk County Community College campus in Riverhead. They laid flowers at the site and went to eat together to talk about him. (more…)

12/31/13 11:00am
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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO  |  Demitri Hampton's memory was honored Saturday at a fundraiser for a scholarship in his name.

PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | Demitri Hampton’s memory was honored Saturday at a fundraiser for a scholarship in his name.

A beloved local college student and Riverhead High School graduate was gunned down in a botched home invasion at his cousin’s Riverside home in January, stunning the close-knit school communities that later rallied around his grieving family.

Demitri Hampton, 21, was staying with his girlfriend at a cousin’s house when two masked men stormed into the home about 3 a.m. on Jan. 27.

Mr. Hampton, who was awake playing video games in the basement at the time of the break-in, rushed upstairs and confronted the armed men. He tried to fight them off in the kitchen but was shot in the chest.

The two men quickly fled the scene and Mr. Hampton was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Nearly a year after his death, no arrests have been made. Suffolk County police say homicide detectives are still investigating the case.

“I’m praying for justice,” his mother, Juanita Trent, said in July. “I just want this closure for so many people, not just myself. For my children, for his friends.”

He had been a member of the Blue Waves basketball team, and was part of the high school’s anti-gang program. He was studying at Suffolk Community where he volunteered in a mentoring program for young men.

Editor’s note: We’re counting down the top 10 news stories of 2013. Check back every day until Jan. 1 to follow along.