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Triple Homicide in Rochester

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Police are investigating a triple homicide after three people were found dead on Rochester's Northwest side Saturday morning.

Police identified the victims as Jeffrey Szymkowski, 33 and his uncle Donald MacMaster, 62. Both lived in the home. The other victim is Arielle Griffin, 17, of Rochester.

Police were called to 339 Bernice Street at about 10:30 a.m. by a concerned family member. Police and the brother of the home owner made the gruesome discovery. The victims were found with gun shot wounds inside the house.

As police continue to try to figure out how the triple shooting happened, some say they know why. They believe robbery was the motive for the killings.

For family and friends of the victims, it was a scene they had to see for themselves.

"I can't understand how somebody could get into his house. I mean it was always locked up tight." says Shane Harris.

He and Scott Kirchhoff were close friends of Szymkowski.

"I don't know why anyone would want to do this to him, he's the nicest kid you ever want to meet. He'd give the shirt off his back," said Harris.

They believe someone took advantage of his good natured personality.

"I would say Jeff be careful who you deal with. I just think he was set up somehow," said Kirchhoff.

Harris says his friend knew a lot of people and wore a lot of gold.

"Somebody knew that he had a lot of jewelry on the premises or something because he worked in the jewelry business and one of the girls who came over might of told someone, that's the only logical explanation I can come up with," says Harris.

Neighbors say they didn't hear gun shots or anything out of the ordinary. Lorie Rudy says MacMaster kept to himself but was always willing to lend a hand to neighbors.

"He was a great guy. He was friendly talking to us, you know, a great guy. I can't imagine this happening to him," says Rudy.

Until they get some answers, neighbors and friends are holding on to whatever they have left.

"I just bought this chain off of him so I'm going to remember him. I just go this from him last night," says Kirchhoff.

Anyone with any information is being asked to call 911.

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