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Chief Sheppard Addresses Genesee Street Homicide

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A make-shift memorial is growing at the corner of Genesee and Hawley Streets in Rochester, the scene of a shooting in broad daylight, Monday afternoon. Visitors say another young life was cut short because of violence. YNN's Mary McComb followed the story.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- "It just needs to stop, because kids go back and forth, either they gonna die, they gonna be in jail. It's not safe. He had kids, ya know it wasn't his time," said Gloriyana Mixon, Victim's Friend.

Kemari Hodrick, 18, was known in the neighborhood as Millz, the Father of two young children. Police say Hodrick was standing on Genesee Street, when a car pulled up and someone fired several shots. He was hit several times in the upper body and later died at Strong Hospital.

Within 48 hours of the incident, police say they have his shooter in custody. 18-year-old Dante Rankin of Rochester pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in city court Wednesday morning.

"I was just dropping my son off man to probation. I come back five hours later, and he's dead. Come on, this ain't right, this ain't no justice for my son, this ain't no justice for him at all, this kid killed my son for no reason man," Marvin Hodrick, Victim's Father.

Police say all too often, minor disputes are settled in the streets and many times, result in some sort of violence. Police say in this case, the shooting was the result of an ongoing feud between the suspect and the victim.

"It is so sad when you hear what is the spark to that dispute," James Sheppard, Rochester Police Chief.

"I think the majority of things that we see in the city are a lot of times related to minor disputes. We have situations where we may have groups who are in disagreement. A lot of these minor events do lead to some very violent responses," Sheppard went on to say.

As the outgoing Chief of the Police Department, Sheppard says the city needs to focus on how to move forward to solve the problem of violence in our community.

"Whether it's working with the Police Department, the community, the schools, the clergy as well, it has to be a collective effort. I don't think any one component is going to address this problem," Sheppard added.

A father is now left with trying to come to terms with his son's death. "He told me, he said, Dad I'm trying to get me a job and I'm trying to do what I can do for my kids."

"This is just, this is just senseless," the Victim's Father said.

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