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
The Riverhead community was shocked when Demitri Hampton, a well-liked Suffolk Community College student, was murdered in a Riverside home during a botched burglary in January 2013. His killers remained on the run for nearly two years. READ
A fourth suspect has been identified as the shooter that allegedly killed 21-year-old Demitri Hampton during a home invasion in 2013. READ
Three suspects charged in the shooting death of 21-year-old Demitri Hampton during a home invasion in 2013 will be arraigned on a grand jury indictment Friday, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
On the one-year anniversary of his brother’s death, Jamal Davis remained hopeful the murderers would one day be apprehended.
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.
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