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Memorial Set Up for Woodman Park Homicide Victim

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Rochester: Memorial Set Up for Woodman Park Homicide Victim
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Flowers, candles and a large wooden cross were set up across from 20 Woodman Park. The cross signed by many reads Rest In Peace Uncle Mike. Police have not yet officially identified the victim.

"We really have to start to deal with crime that's happening and plaguing our neighborhoods."

Yellow tape marked the scene of Rochester's latest homicide, the same east side street where Mayor-elect Lovely Warren calls home.

"Our bank was just robbed down the street yesterday and the night before, we had three shootings at Norton Village which is right up the street, and then last night having someone get killed right up the street from me," said Warren.

Police were called to Woodman Park for shots fired. When they arrived, they found the victim laying in the street. The male victim, 50, a city resident, was taken to Strong Hospital where he later died.

One of Warren's neighbors believes there was a fight at a corner bar that then spilled out into the streets.

"If we start having problems, then we'll have to consider forcing or put some pressure on closing it, because we can't have this in this neighborhood," said Julio Vazquez, neighbor. "This is one of the best neighborhoods in the city."

Captain Lynde Johnston of the Rochester Police Department says great police work and lots of help from the public is what has helped solve a lot of homicide cases this year.

"People are beginning to cooperate with us and which helps us put these down, because you know, if you let these go and people are still out there running around and they still got guns, it could be another one, and another one and I think people are starting to get fed up with it," said Johnston.

The recent violence on city streets comes at a time when Lovely Warren is conducting a nationwide search to find a new police chief.

"We actually have several resumes that have come in," said Warren. "We will start to interview those individuals right after the New Year, and hopefully we'll be able to have someone fairly soon."

Warren says whoever takes over as police chief, that person will not only need to rely on his or her officers, but the community as well.

"It takes putting heat on the situation, putting light on it, you know everyone saying that we're not gonna accept this anymore and we're going to talk about it and we're gonna stand up for our neighborhoods and for our community," said Warren.

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