Yale grad student, Army vet with Chicago ties killed in shooting

Yale grad student, Army vet with Chicago ties killed in shooting

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Yale University graduate student, originally from Chicago, has died following a shooting in New Haven, Connecticut, according to police.

The search continues for 26-year-old Kevin Jiang’s killer.

Jiang, a second-year master’s student at the Yale School of the Environment, grew in Chicago. He was set to graduate in 2022. He was also an Army veteran.

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Investigators are pursuing several leads, including the possibility that the shooting was the result of road rage. Authorities believe a black vehicle left the scene of the crime following a collision with Jiang’s vehicle.

According to police, Jiang was shot and killed a few blocks from Yale’s campus.

Jiang had recently become engaged to Zion Perry, who he met at a church retreat on Jan. 30, 2020. Jiang proposed exactly one year later.

“I can’t believe I got to know him for that incredible year,” Perry said. “He had a really big heart and always wanted the best for other people. He was involved in so many things! He was in the military. He was a tank driver. He did salsa dancing. He played the piano. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hiking. God gave him a really amazing life.”

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