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Evidence Seized from West Hartford Home Connected to 2007 Double Homicide in Hartford

Law enforcement officials on the scene at the corner of Barton Street and Davenport Road in West Hartford on Wednesday morning. Evidence believed to be related to a 2007 double homicide in Hartford was seized. Photo credit: Tony Cova

Multiple law enforcement agencies were at a West Hartford home Wednesday morning.

Police seized evidence from a residence at the corner of Barton Street and Davenport Road which they believe is related to a 2007 double homicide in Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

A piece of evidence related to a Hartford Police Department cold case involving the slaying of two teens in 2007 was seized from a West Hartford home Wednesday morning in an effort conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies.

The police activity at the corner of Barton Street and Davenport Road – conducted by the Hartford Police Department and its major crimes unit as well as the FBI, with the assistance of West Hartford Police – sparked concern among nearby residents, including those who were transporting their children to nearby Wolcott Elementary School.

“We obtained new evidence that led to a search warrant,” Lt. Aaron Boisvert, spokesperson for the Hartford Police Department.

“We discovered new information that led us to a property in West Hartford,” Boisvert said, where a key piece of evidence – a vehicle – was seized Wednesday morning.

The July 2007 incident, which took place in Hartford, did have West Hartford ties.

Boisvert said that the evidence seized Wednesday morning was related to a now cold case involving two teens who were victims in what police considered a double homicide. Kent McLaurin, then 19, of Hartford, and Xion Davidson, then 17, of West Hartford, both died after sustaining non-survivable gunshot wounds to the head, Boisvert said. The shootings took place the same night, roughly a block apart in Hartford.

According to a July 14, 2007 article in the Hartford Courant, the teens, who had both attended Sedgwick Middle School together, were participating in what was the article said then-Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts called a “botched robbery” when they were shot.

Davidson had been a talented running back on the Conard High School football team, the Courant article said, and would have been a senior the following fall.

The case has never been solved.

West Hartford Police were assisting with the seizure of the evidence, but the investigation is being handled by Hartford. Police. There is no danger to the public.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Boisvert said.

Law enforcement officials on the scene at the corner of Barton Street and Davenport Road in West Hartford on Wednesday morning. Evidence believed to be related to a 2007 double homicide in Hartford was seized. Photo credit: Tony Cova

Law enforcement officials on the scene at the corner of Barton Street and Davenport Road in West Hartford on Wednesday morning. Evidence believed to be related to a 2007 double homicide in Hartford was seized. Photo credit: Tony Cova

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