16 Year Old Football Player Slain In School Shooting To Be Mourned At Funeral

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Syracuse, N.Y. – On April 11, Dior Harris was 18 days away from turning 1 year old. Instead of planning a birthday party, her parents were planning her funeral.

Desiree Seymore was sitting in a car on Grant Avenue with her cousin, her daughter Dior and two other children when a car approached their car. The tinted window was rolled down just enough for Seymore to see a pair of eyes and the barrel of a gun poking out.

Moments later she heard gunshots. Seymour turned to check on her baby daughter and saw blood all over her. Dior wasn’t making a sound.

A shot to the little girl’s chest killed her. Dior is the youngest victim of street violence ever in Syracuse. She was one of four children killed in the city in 2021.

With 32 homicides, 2021 was one of the worst years for homicide deaths in the city’s history. It matched the homicides reported in 2020, the deadliest year ever, according to Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard records.

The people whose lives were taken by violence included a 93-year-old retired teacher and world traveler, a 13-year-old girl, and a Syracuse Smash Football player.

Six victims were women and 26 were men. The average age was 34 years old.

Three homicides were ruled justified by self-defense.

69% of the 29 murders in 2021 have been solved, according to police data.

Guns were the most common weapon, with 25 of the 32 homicides committed with guns.

The homicide victims

Eva Fuld

Eva Fuld, a longtime teacher, was killed in a home invasion burglary in Syracuse on Jan. 21 around 4 p.m.

Eva Fuld, 84

Jan. 21 around 4 p.m.

The case:

Eva Fuld was the first person killed in Syracuse in 2021, stabbed to death during a home invasion burglary at the Grant Village Apartments, 108 Linwell Terrace. The 84-year-old woman was stabbed 43 times. Jahkim Robinson, who was 14 at the time, pled guilty to murder, robbery and burglary. Robinson lived in the same building as Fuld and forced his way into her apartment after she answered the door for him and his suspected accomplices. Robinson has a chance to be paroled from prison before he is 20, or he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The victim: Fuld was known as a beloved educator and librarian. Friends described her as fiercely independent, an eager reader and a traveler. She taught French and Spanish at Westmorland High School in Oneida County for decades. When she was younger, Fuld would frequently visit Montreal, where she could practice her French. When Fuld retired she enjoyed meals with her friends and volunteering at a Syracuse library. Her friends want Fuld to be remembered for her life, not her violent death.

Eva Fuld obituary

Toddrick Rice

Toddrick Rice was stabbed in the neck near the intersection of Dear and Carbon Streets on Jan. 25.

Toddrick Rice, 21

Jan. 25 around 8:15 p.m.

The case: Toddrick Rice was stabbed in the neck near the intersection of Dear and Carbon streets in Syracuse. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead the next day. The homicide remains unsolved.

The victim:

Rice had left Syracuse to begin a new life in Georgia shortly before his murder. His mother had moved to Georgia and he planned to join her. Rice returned to Syracuse early in 2021 to resolve a felony drug charge from June 2020. On Jan. 25, he pled guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance. The judge planned to allow him to return to Georgia to serve a probationary sentence. Rice was stabbed later that night and pronounced dead on Jan. 26.

Toddrick Rice obituary

Darwin Quinones, 21

Feb. 13 around 12:07 p.m.

The case: Darwin Quinones was fatally shot inside Parkside Commons apartments on East Fayette Street in Syracuse. He was found unresponsive in a stairwell. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The homicide remains unsolved.

The victims: The 21-year-old was the third person to be killed at the low-income apartment complex in less than a year. Quinones grew up in Syracuse, according to his Facebook. If you knew Darwin Quinones and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

Darwin Quinones obituary

Connie Tuori

Connie Tuori was murdered inside her residence at the Skyline Apartments on James street on Feb. 26 around 3:30 p.m.

Concetta “Connie” Tuori, 93

Feb. 26 around 3:30 p.m.

The case: Concetta “Connie” Tuori was murdered inside her residence at the Skyline Apartments on James Street in Syracuse. She was killed sometime in February and found dead by police March 17. Police ruled that Tuori died by suffocation. Police reported that multiple people were seen entering and exiting her apartment in the weeks between her death and the discovery of her body. On March 25, police announced that Victoria Afet, 23, was charged with the gruesome murder. Afet faces up to life in prison under an obscure section of the first-degree murder law that relates to torture. Afet is accused of stuffing items down Tuori’s throat and stabbing her multiple times. Security video showed Afet following Tuori into her apartment around 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26. She was seen on security camera leaving the apartment roughly two hours later, according to the Onondaga County District Attorney.

The victim: Tuori was described by her family as fearless and independent. She was an adventurous traveler. Tuori had been on an African safari, saw penguins in Antarctica and broke her hip while getting chased by monkeys on a trip in Southeast Asia. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she paid her way through Syracuse University in the 1950s and became an educator herself. She taught in Syracuse, Southern California, Italy and Turkey. She moved into Skyline Apartments two decades ago. For much of her life, it was considered a luxury complex. As conditions in the building deteriorated, her family encouraged her to move. However, Touri was stubborn and felt comfortable there, according to her family. “She had been in so many exotic places, that being in an apartment in Syracuse probably didn’t faze her much,” said her niece, Patti Tuori.

Concetta “Connie” Tuori obituary

Dior Harris

Dior Harris, 11 months, was killed Sunday night, April 11, 2021, when she was wounded by gunfire in a drive-by shooting in Syracuse.Provided photo

Dior Harris, 11 months old

April 11 around 7 p.m.

The case:

Dior Harris was fatally shot when a gunman opened fire at a car that the 11-month-old and two other children were sitting in on the 300 block of Grant Avenue in Syracuse. She was rushed to the hospital but died from her injuries. On April 12, Chavez R. Ocasio, 23, was charged with the baby’s murder. Ocasio has been indicted on nine felonies in connection with the drive-by shooting. He could potentially face 125 years in prison. However, it is unclear if Ocasio was the gunman or an accomplice to the crime. Ocasio was also charged with felony criminal facilitation. He’s accused of helping someone else who intended to commit murder. That other person has not been charged and it’s unclear what involvement that other person is alleged to have played. The investigation and trial are ongoing.

The victim:

Dior is the youngest known victim of street violence in Syracuse’s history. She was killed just 18 days before her first birthday. Just 30 minutes before Dior was shot, she was laughing as her Aunt took her for a walk and held her up in the air. It is still unknown why the car baby Dior was riding in was targeted. In her obituary, her family described her as loving and playful with a smile that brightened up the world. Saquail Harris, Dior’s father, had just gotten back to Syracuse from New Jersey with two of Dior’s siblings when the baby was shot. He had taken Dior’s siblings to the Nickelodeon park for their birthdays. Dior’s mom asked him to take the baby as well but he said she was too young. He wondered whether Dior would still be alive if he had taken her. Instead of planning for Dior’s first birthday on April 29, her family planned her funeral. “I know where she went. Straight to the Lord,” Dior’s mother said. “… Pure. She was pure.”

Dior Harris obituary

Quentin Harrison Jr.

Quentin Harrison Jr. was fatally shot on the 1400 block of Midland Avenue April 28.

Quentin Harrison Jr., 26

Apr. 28 around 1:30 p.m.

The case: Quentin

Harrison Jr. was fatally shot in the 1400 block of Midland Avenue April 28. He was rushed to Upstate University Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. He was shot attempting to rob three men, according to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick. After the shooting, officers searched the area next to 1408 Midland Ave. The three men were cleared of the homicide after it was ruled they acted in self-defense, Fitzpatrick said. Two of the three men were charged with possessing illegal firearms used to shoot the 26-year-old. Those charges are still pending, Fitzpatrick said.

The victim: The 26-year-old graduated from Syracuse’s Corcoran High School in 2013. He is survived by his two children. If you knew Quentin Harrison Jr. and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

Quentin Harrison Jr. obituary

Kathleen Montreal

Kathleen Montreal was stabbed to death at a home on the 1200 block of Milton Avenue on the Far West Side of Syracuse.

Kathleen Montreal, 51

Found dead May 8 around 12:15 p.m.

The case: Kathleen Montreal was stabbed to death at a home in the 1200 block of Milton Avenue in Syracuse. The 51-year-old was stabbed in the neck and left for dead in her apartment. Garin “Gary” Roberts, Montreal’s boyfriend, was arrested May 14 and charged with the murder. Roberts had been previously arrested for choking and assaulting Montreal. He was also indicted for trying to scare her into not talking to police investigators. In early October, Roberts was deemed too mentally unstable to stand trial for the murder. Someone who is considered too mentally unstable to stand trial will be held in a secure facility and treated until their condition improves.

The victim: Montreal was a mother of five and a grandmother. She was survived by her children, grandchildren, siblings and parents. Montreal was in a relationship with Roberts at the time of her murder. The 51-year-old loved old school music, shopping and spending time with her family, according to her obituary. “People admired her for her unwavering ability to always show up and be there,” her family wrote. “She made those around her laugh and would brighten people’s days, even in her lowest moments.” Before Roberts was arrested, her family said she died as a result of domestic violence.

Kathleen Montreal obituary

Radames Francisco

Radames Francisco, 15, was shot and killed on May 21 in front of his Shonnard Street home. He played football at Corcoran High School and was an aspiring rapper.

Radames Francisco, 15

May 21 around 10 p.m.

The case:

Radames “Remy” Francisco was fatally shot outside a home in the 400 block of Shonnard Street on Syracuse’s Near West Side. The 15-year-old was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Sebastian Oliver, 14, was arrested in connection with the deadly shooting. Oliver has been charged with second-degree murder and illegal possession of a weapon. Due to his age, Oliver was charged as a juvenile. Under state law, he faces a minimum sentence of up to 7 1/2 years to life in prison if convicted of murder. He’d be guaranteed his first date before a parole board far earlier than an adult. The case will still be presided over by a regular criminal court judge in a public courtroom. The case arguments are set to begin in 2022.

The victim:

Remy was a ninth-grader at Corcoran High School. He played football and was an aspiring rapper. He had gotten serious about going to a studio in the Geddes Street Plaza and recording music, dropping songs progressively over the last year. Remy thought music would be his family’s way out of the Near West Side, his family said. While he was a funny and happy kid, he grew up around violence. In 2020, Remy’s 17-year-old friend, Chariel Osorio, was fatally shot at the Rye Day celebration on the Near West Side. The 15-year-old at times told his family that he thought he might get shot someday, though it was less a prediction and more a concern of the environment around him, according to his cousin. Just before 10 p.m. on the day he was shot, Remy was walking down the street while his mom sat on a porch nearby. His mom saw Remy get into a fight with another teen and began running over to him. Before she could reach him, she heard three gunshots and saw her son fall to the ground. She held him in her arms, begging him to fight for his life. “I’m not ever going to process it,” his mother said.

Radames “Remy” Francisco obituary

13-year-old girl killed in Syracuse stabbing

Naj’ee Wright, 13, of Auburn, was killed in a stabbing late Monday, May 24, 2021, in the 1200 block of West Onondaga Street in Syracuse. (Provided photo)Provided

Naj’ee Wright, 13

May 24 around 6 p.m.

The case: Naj’ee Wright was stabbed to death on West Onondaga Street in Syracuse. The stabbing happened after an argument between Naj’ee and another girl turned physical. Xomara Diaz, 16, was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing. Diaz was originally charged with first-degree manslaughter and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Later, she was indicted on a second-degree murder charge after evidence showed she stabbed Naj’ee repeatedly. A 16-year-old charged with murder faces the same potential punishment as an adult. Diaz now faces a maximum punishment of 25 years to life in prison. The trial is scheduled to begin in June 2022.

The victim: Naj’ee lived in Auburn with her family. She loved singing and dancing, according to her obituary. She was also an active child who loved fishing, playing volleyball and hanging out with her friends. Naj’ee is survived by her parents, sister and two brothers. During one of Diaz’s court appearances, Naj’ee’s mother couldn’t contain herself. She shouted at the 16-year-old and called her evil. “You took my baby’s life,” she yelled. The proceedings continued after the judge calmed the grieving mother.

Naj’ee Wright obituary

Bobby Fort

Bobby Fort was fatally shot on the 200 block of West Lafayette Street on June 5.

Bobby Fort, 31

June 5 around 4:30 a.m.

The case: Bobby Fort was fatally shot in the 200 block of West Lafayette Street. Kenneth Kinsey, 35, was charged in connection with the shooting. Kinsey is facing charges for murder and possession of an illegal weapon. Kinsey has previously spent more than a decade in federal prison for drug dealing and violence as a part of the Brighton Brigade street gang. “He came to the court a violent young man,” then-federal prosecutor John Katko told Judge Norman A. Mordue during Kinsey’s federal sentencing for a racketeering case. Kinsey turned himself in to police just under a month after the June 5 shooting. If convicted in Fort’s death, Kinsey faces up to 25 years to life in state prison. Kinsey’s bail was set at $500,000 cash and $1 million bond.

The victim: Fort was a father of three and a husband, according to his obituary. If you knew Bobby Fort and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

Bobby Fort obituary

Darren Rosa

Darren Rosa was shot on the 700 block of Bellevue Avenue on Syracuse’s South Side on June 7.

Darren Rosa, 23

June 7 around 11:22 p.m.

The case: Darren Rosa was shot in the 700 block of Bellevue Avenue on Syracuse’s South Side. The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital. Over a month later, three teens were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting. The teens were all charged with second-degree murder. A fourth teen, Anthony Dowdell, 18, was accused of helping to steal the car used during the murder and bleaching evidence left behind in an attempt to destroy it. Only two of the three teens charged are accused of actually firing guns during the shooting. The teens, Atryu Boykins, 17, and Jaeden Campbell, 16, had been linked to violent crimes in the past, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said at the time. Boykins, had previously admitted being one of the shooters in the gang-related murder of Rhyan Williams in 2019. He was 15 years old at the time. Between May and July of this year, Boykins is accused of participating in four separate shootings before Rosa’s murder, the DA added. As a 14-year-old, Campbell was charged in February 2019 with a knifepoint robbery.

The victim: Rosa, sometimes known as “Peanut” according to his obituary, was a lifelong resident of Syracuse. He graduated from Job Corp in 2017. He had a passion for football and played for ITC and OCC, he wore number 7.

Darren Rosa obituary

Vigil Creekwalk

A vigil was held for Nykim Young who was fatally shot near the Onondaga Creekwalk in Syracuse on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. James McClendon | [email protected]

Ny’Kim Young, 15

June 23 around 6:30 p.m.

The case: Ny’Kim Young was fatally shot on Lower Onondaga Park Drive in broad daylight. The 15-year-old was the fourth child killed in Syracuse in 2021. A camera along the Onondaga Creekwalk caught footage of another teen shooting Ny’Kim in the head. Demetry Spears, 18, was charged with second-degree murder and several charges for criminal possession of a weapon. Spears was arrested two weeks after the murder. At the time of his arrest, he had a loaded handgun and a small amount of drugs, police said. Police did not say if the gun was used in the deadly shooting. Chief Assistant District Attorney Melinda McGunnigle revealed in court that Spears was accompanied by another shooter in Ny’Kim’s death. McGunnigle has suggested that there’s a known suspect but not enough to charge that person. At 6:37 p.m. the day of the murder, Ny’Kim was chased down by the suspects and shot in the head, chest and legs, McGunnigle said. If convicted after trial, Spears could face up to 40 years to life in prison, if convicted in the murder and in possessing the illegal handgun at the time of his arrest.

The victim: Ny’Kim was a student at the Syracuse Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central. The 15-year-old was an active kid who loved playing sports. Basketball was his personal favorite, according to his dad. He remembered watching his son play on the hoop in front of his house. Ny’Kim was born shortly after midnight on New Years Day in 2006 — the first baby born in the region that year, according to Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard’s archives. Ny’Kim’s family and friends gathered for a vigil the night after the shooting. More than 100 people gathered in the tight space on the Creekwalk between Rich Street and Onondaga Park. The area was decorated with candles, balloons and a life-size cutout of Nykim. The teenager’s name was also spelled out in candles on the path.

Ny’Kim Young obituary

Rashein Fortune, 42

June 26 around 11 p.m.

The case: Rashein Fortune was fatally shot near a convenience store on the city’s South Side. The 42-year old was found in a parking lot near the Circle A Convenience Store in the 1300 block of South State Street. The case remains unsolved.

The victim: Fortune was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was rushed to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. If you knew Rashein Fortune and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

Tyce Smith

Tyce Smith was fatally shot at the Valentine Gardens apartment complex in the city’s North Side on July 2.

Tyce Smith, 35

July 2 around 2:16 a.m.

The case: Tyce

Smith was fatally shot at the Valentine Gardens apartment complex in the city’s North Side. The 35-year-old was found inside the building and was pronounced dead at the scene. The case remains unsolved.

The victim: Smith was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest. Smith was a husband and a father of 12, according to his obituary. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. If you knew Tyce Smith and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

Tyce Smith obituary

Kelvin Sharp

Kelvin Sharp was fatally shot behind a home at 212 Grandview Ave. in broad daylight on Aug. 2.

Kelvin Sharp, 42

Aug. 2 around 2 p.m.

The case:

Kelvin Sharp was fatally shot behind a home at 212 Grandview Ave. in broad daylight. A witness called 911 after hearing gunshots. When police arrived, they found Sharp unconscious in the backyard of the home. A week after the shooting, Kenneth Robinson, 46, was arrested in connection with the homicide. Robinson turned himself in and was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail. Robinson is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim: Sharp was often known as “Daddy Mac.” Sharp was a father of six and had two grandchildren.

If you knew Kelvin Sharp and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

Kelvin Sharp obituary

Jarrette Johnson, 31

Aug. 15 around 2:42 a.m.

The case: Jarrette Johnson was fatally shot in the 700 block of North Alvord Street on the city’s North Side on Aug. 15. The car Johnson was driving crashed after he was shot. The 31-year-old sustained one gunshot wound and was rushed to Upstate University Hospital. He was in critical condition until he died on Sept. 5. His murder was not announced until two months after he died. In November, Carl Newton Jr., 35, was arrested in connection with the shooting. Newton Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim:

Johnson was a father and loved his daughter more than anything, according to his obituary. He was very active and loved boxing. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. In the past, Johnson has had run-ins with police. In 2018, Johnson was in the rear passenger seat of a car driven by Devon Drake, who was 27 at the time. Two police officers pulled the car over and smelled burning marijuana. After arresting Drake, the officers found eight grams of marijuana and 12 grams of synthetic cannabinoids. Johnson was found with 34 grams of crack cocaine – worth $3,400 – on him. The men also had a 10-month old baby in the car at the time.

Jarrette Johnson obituary

Quinell Stepney, 23

Aug. 22 around 8:47 p.m.

The case: Quinell Stepney was fatally shot at 505 turtle street on the city’s North Side. Police found him with a gunshot wound to his head. Stepney was taken to Upstate University Hospital but later died from his injuries. In November, Raquan Williams, 25, was arrested in connection with the shooting. He was not acting alone in the killing of Stepney and it is unclear if he was the individual who shot Stepney, according to the court documents. Williams was connected to the shooting through footage captured on multiple cameras within the city, court documents said. Williams was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim:

Shortly before Stepney was shot, he had pled guilty to his role in the infamous Rye Day shootings in 2020. Stepney pled guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon just days before he was shot and killed on the North Side. He was awaiting sentencing. The charges would likely have carried a sentence of at least eight years in state prison. Rye Day is an annual birthday party held for community member Ryedell Davis. In 2020, the event ended when 10 people fired their guns. Chariel Osorio, 17, died after being caught in the crossfire. Eight other people were also shot. Stepney was not accused of firing the bullet that killed Osorio.

Demetris Jackson

Demetris Jackson was fatally shot at 1808 Lodi St. in broad daylight. on Aug. 31.

Demetris Jackson, 28

Aug. 31 around 2:30 p.m.

The case: Demetris Jackson was fatally shot at 1808 Lodi St. in broad daylight. Jackson got into a dispute at the property and allegedly began firing shots at multiple people at the residence. Shortly after Jackson fired his gun, Richard Morose, 39, returned fire. Morose was the property manager of the home on Lodi Street. “It appears that Mr. Morose saved the lives of several individuals,” the DA’s office wrote in a news release. Morose was not charged. The shooting was ruled an act of self-defense. During the ongoing investigation, Morose and others at the scene have received threats and “suffered property damage in what appears to be retaliation,” the DA’s office said. Those actions are also being investigated for possible criminal charges.

The victim:

Jackson was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was visiting the home on Lodi Street at the time of the shooting. He was not a tenant of the home. Jackson came to the property with a loaded 9mm handgun. Jackson was a father to three children and one stepson. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.

Demetris Jackson obituary

Lakee Dorsey

Lakee Dorsey was fatally shot on the city’s North Side in the early hours of the morning on Sept. 4. Provided Photo

Lakee Dorsey, 27

Sept. 4 around 2:10 a.m.

The case:

Lakee Dorsey was fatally shot on the city’s North Side in the early hours of the morning on Sept. 4. He was shot in the 500 block of Pearl Street. Police were responding to reports of shots fired when they found the 27-year-old. He was found with a gunshot wound to his upper body, police said. He was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The case remains unsolved.

The victim:

Dorsey was born in Syracuse but lived in New York City for most of his life. He moved back to Syracuse in 2018. Dorsey’s girlfriend described him as a loving person who loved to cook and crack jokes. He was working on making music and starting a clothing line at the time of his murder. He loved to make others smile and had a passion for making Tik Tok videos, according to his friends and family. After his death, Dorsey’s mom asked the community to help her bring her son’s body home to her in New York City. A GoFundMe post raised over $2,600 dollars.

Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson was fatally shot at 2505 Midland Ave. in the city’s Brighton neighborhood on Sept. 10.

Michael Simpson, 38

Sept. 10 around 11:16 p.m.

The case: Michael Simpson was fatally shot at 2505 Midland Ave. in the city’s Brighton neighborhood. He was shot multiple times in the stomach. He died from his injuries by the next morning. Days later, Nehemiah Jones, 30, was charged in connection with the shooting. Jones was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Jones was supposed to be arraigned on Sept. 16 but he was suffering from a mental health issue that made it unsafe for him to be brought to court, according to jail deputies. After the episode, Jones’ lawyer asked a judge to have doctors check his mental condition. state Supreme Court Justice Gordon Cuffy ordered Jones to undergo a psychiatric exam to decide whether he is competent to stand trial in Simpson’s death. If Jones is ruled incompetent, he will be kept securely confined and treated until doctors feel he’s ready to return to court. The prosecution would then go on as before. If convicted of murder, Jones faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

The victim: Simpson was born in the Bronx. He was a Syracuse resident for 24 years. The 38-year-old received his GED from Onondaga County Community College. He worked for ISolar and Upper Echelon Entertainment, according to his obituary. He was the father of a boy and a girl. Messages and memories filled Simpson’s Facebook page in the days following his death as community members mourned the loss.

Michael Simpson obituary

Shabriah Gainey

Shabriah Gainey was fatally shot at 159 Croly St., Apt. 136. on Sept. 15.

Julian Mansaw

Julian Mansaw was fatally shot at 159 Croly St., Apt. 136 on Sept. 15.

Shabriah Gainey, 29

Julian Mansaw, 33

Sept. 15 around 3:36 a.m.

The case: Shabriah Gainey and Julian Mansaw were fatally shot at 159 Croly St., Apt. 136. Mansaw was pronounced dead at the scene. Gainey died while being treated for her injuries at Upstate University Hospital, police said. Both people were shot multiple times. In early October, Bruce Myles, 39, was arrested in Columbus, Ohio in connection with the double homicide. Myles faces a rare first-degree murder charge, which carries a possible punishment of life in prison without a chance of parole because he’s accused of killing two people in one incident. Myles had a previous romantic relationship with Gainey that ended just over a month before the murders, according to court documents. Myles had a history of domestic violence against Gainey. In August, Gainey caught Myles cheating and told him their relationship was over, court documents said. Gainey attempted to kick Myles out of her apartment on Croly Street. Myles became enraged and allegedly hit Gainey. He wrapped his hands around her throat and pulled out a small knife during the altercation, court documents said. In a statement to police, Gainey said that Myles had threatened her with weapons in the past. After the altercation, Myles was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The victims

: Gainey and Mansaw were both Syracuse residents. Gainey was a mother a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old. Gainey died just a few weeks before her 30th birthday. Messages and posts flooded Facebook as the community mourned her loss. Mansaw was a father to two sons. He was a certified auto mechanic and served in the U.S. Army, according to his obituary. At the time of his death, he was working for Bolus Freight Systems. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.

Shabriah Gainey obituary

Julian Mansaw obituary

Kewing Belizaire, 26

Oct. 3 around 4:20 p.m.

The case: Kewing Belizaire was fatally shot at 107 Dablon Court in the area of the Pioneer Homes public housing complex that is sandwiched between Interstate 81 and the back of Upstate University Hospital. Police found Belizaire with multiple gunshot wounds to his midsection. Neighbors said he was sitting on a front porch when someone shot him several times. Less than three weeks after the shooting, Brandy D. Carter, 32, was arrested in connection with the homicide. He is accused of having at least one unnamed accomplice. The DA’s office says they have footage of Carter running from the scene of the shooting. Carter’s defense claims that is not enough to sustain the murder charge. The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office announced in court that the case would be presented to a grand jury. If indicted, Carter will then face trial. If convicted of murder, Carter faces up to 25 years to life in prison. He also faces an illegal weapon charge in connection with the murder weapon. Carter’s bail was set at $500,00 cash and $1 million bond.

The victim:

Belizaire was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, according to his obituary. He was a longtime resident of Syracuse. At the time of his death, he was working as a line cook at Onondaga Golf and Country Club, according to his obituary. The 26-year-old was a father of three. He had one daughter and two sons. Friends and family shared tributes and memories of Belizaire on his obituary website.

Kewing Belizaire obituary

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Kei"Sean Canery, 24, with his 1-year-old daughter Avi'Elle at a Syracuse Smash football game. Provided by Virginia Allen-Correa

Winston Brown Jr.

Winston Brown Jr., 22, was shot in the head in Syracuse’s South Side on Oct. 7 and died two days later. Provided by Zanette Knighton

Kei’Sean Canery, 24

Winston Brown Jr., 22

Oct. 8 around 7 p.m.

The case: Kei’Sean Canery and Winston Brown Jr. were fatally shot in their heads in the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue. Two days later both men were pronounced dead. An 18-year-old man, who has not been identified, also was shot, police said. The case remains unsolved.

The victims: Family and friends of both Canery and Brown turned to social media after the shootings to first pray for their recovery and then share the news they had died.

Brown’s sister shared photos, including one of her brother in a cap and gown at his Nottingham High School graduation from a few years ago. Brown was a lifelong resident of Syracuse. His mother described him as a quiet kid who was fiercely loyal to his family. He always made his family a priority, his father said. He was particularly close with his father and younger sister Zaniyah Brown. His father said he often felt like he and his son were more like brothers. They did everything together, he said. He helped his father write his job applications and eventually helped him get a job working in a Syracuse University dining hall. Brown Jr. was working as a delivery driver but he dreamed of being a registered nurse. Before the pandemic, he was working toward that goal, his father said. Though Brown Jr. lived in Syracuse his whole life, a majority of his father’s family lives in Jamaica. His entire family flew to Syracuse to say goodbye.

Canery was a graduate of West Genesee High School where he played four years of football. At the time of his death, he was doing electrical work and playing football for the Syracuse Smash Football team. In a Facebook post Oct. 10, Syracuse Smash expressed what Canery meant to the team and the community. “To say the people in this area are hurt is an understatement,” they said. “We lost a brother, father, a son, an individual that changed the life of many.” He had a passion for football despite consistently being one of the smallest players on the field, his mother said. The team planned to retire Canery’s No. 40 jersey and will wear patches on every future jersey as a way to honor him. They also established a fund for his 1-year-old daughter that will be given to her when she turns 18. Canery made everyone around him smile and was known for being an amazing hugger, his father said. His father said that people would stop him on the street to tell him that his son gave the best hugs.

Kei’Sean Canery obituary

Winston Brown Jr. obituary

John O'Neal

John O’Neal was stabbed to death on the 400 block of Seymour Street on Nov. 12.

John O’Neal, 59

Nov. 12 around 11:54 p.m.

The case:

John

O’Neal was stabbed to death on the 400 block of Seymour Street. The 59-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Michael Jordan, 35, was also stabbed in his face and back. Jordan was taken to Upstate University Hospital and survived his injuries. They were stabbed trying to rob a man on Nov. 12, according to Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney Hanna Renna. It was the second robbery by the two that night, she said. The first robbery took place at 518 Wolf Street that day, police say in court records. The pair stole an iPhone 11 in a glitter case, according to the records. Twenty minutes later Jordan and O’Neal robbed a man of $200 in the 400 block of Seymour Street, according to court records and the prosecutor. Jordan crashed a car into another car, Renna said. The driver got out of his car and O’Neal and Jordan got out of theirs, she said. The driver “lawfully fought back” against O’Neal and Jordan, Renna said. There is an ongoing investigation into the stabbings and no charges have been brought against the man the pair attempted to rob, Renna said. Jordan has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim: O’Neal was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, according to his obituary. The 59-year-old was a husband, father and grandfather. He has seven children, seven granddaughters and five grandsons. If you knew John O’Neal and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

John O’Neal obituary

Dayzhair Rucker

Dayzhair Rucker died from injuries sustained in a shooting over a year after the incident.

Dayzhair Rucker, 23

Shot on Aug. 16, 2020, died Nov. 23

The case: Dayzhair Rucker died Nov. 23 from injuries sustained in a shooting on Aug. 16, 2020. He was shot in the parking lot of a Conoco gas station, 3200 South Salina St., while sitting in the driver’s seat of another car. Wille Surrey, 48, and Tyquan Graham, 27, were arrested in connection with the shooting. Surrey pled guilty to illegal weapon possession after being charged as the getaway driver. Graham faces a murder charge as the shooter. The pair were charged in connection with two other murders from 2020. Graham was also charged for shooting at a home. No one was injured in that incident. If convicted of all his charges, Graham faces a minimum sentence of 90 years in prison.

The victim: Rucker was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot. Rucker was a father of two and one of 11 children, according to his obituary. He is survived by both his parents and nine of his siblings.

Dayzhair Rucker obituary

Taj Farrell

Taj Ferrell was beaten to death outside at the Dollar General store, at 4141 South Salina St, during a fight on Dec. 7.

Taj Ferrell, 41

Dec. 7 around 5:34

The case: Taj Ferrell was beaten to death outside at the Dollar General store at 4141 South Salina St. during a fight. Ferrell and Tony Starling Jr., 28, began fighting inside the store on Nov. 24. The altercation quickly spilled out into the parking lot. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick described the fight as “shopping rage.” During the fight in the parking lot, Starling Jr. allegedly hit Ferrell over the head with a metal pole. Ferrel died about two weeks later. Shortly after Ferrell died, Starling Jr. was arrested. He was on parole at the time of his arrest. Prison records show Starling was convicted of first-degree criminal contempt on July 16, 2020, in Onondaga County Court. He was sentenced to 1 1/2 to three years in prison and released Oct. 13, records show. Starling Jr. was charged with first-degree manslaughter and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with Ferrell’s death.

The victim: Ferrell was attacked around a half-mile from his home on South Salina Street. The 41-year-old was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Avondale High School in Dekalb County, Georgia, according to his obituary. He attended Atlanta Technical School. Ferrell had a passion for writing, music and family, according to his obituary. He was a skilled landscaper and worked in the Washington metropolitan area and Atlanta before moving to Syracuse.

Taj Ferrell obituary

Edwin DeJesus, 40

Dec. 10 around 1:40 p.m.

The case:

Edwin DeJesus was fatally shot on Davis Street on the city’s West Side in broad daylight. The 40-year-old was found in the trunk of a Honda Civic in the parking lot of Parkside Commons. Police arrested Gamalier Lacen-Medina, 42, in connection with the murder. The 42-year-old was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim: DeJesus was born in the Bronx, according to the mother of his children. The 40-year-old had two children and helped raise another, she said. She described him as a good guy who struggled with anger and addiction. Both of his parents struggled with addiction when he was young. As a young man he rebelled a lot due to his troubled home life. In 2001, one of DeJesus’ brothers was killed. Three years later his youngest brother died. After the death of his brothers, DeJesus struggled with addiction and homelessness. Although he faced hardships, DeJesus was a loving father who was adored by his children, according to the mother of his children.

Ronmaine Fontaine

Ronmaine Fontaine, 32, was fatally shot in the parking lot of a West Side bar on Dec. 11. Provided photo

Ronmaine Fontaine, 32

Dec. 11 around 2 a.m.

The case:

Ronmaine

Fontaine was fatally shot in the parking lot of a West Side bar in the early hours of the morning of Dec. 11. The shooting happened near Laialina’s Tavern at 1417 West Genesee St. Fontaine was shot just before an event was scheduled to end. The 32-year-old was taken to Upstate University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Fontaine’s murder was the second investigated by police in the city in 24 hours. The case remains unsolved.

The victim

: Fontaine was a father of five, one of his kids is barely a year old, according to his sister Tanysha Richardson. She described him as a very outgoing person. He always had a positive and playful energy even though he had a temper, Richardson said. He also loved to dress well and dress up with his kids, she said. Family and friends took to social media to express their love for Fontaine after his passing. Richardson said that Fontaine was very similar to their father. Both men were energetic and goofy, she said. Their father was also killed in Syracuse near Beard Street and Midland Avenue in 1996. Richardson wants her brother to be remembered for his positive energy even though she knows he didn’t always do the right thing. Fontaine was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.

Ronmaine Fontaine obituary

Daquan Grobsmith

Daquan Grobsmith was fatally shot on the city’s North Side on Dec. 12.

Daquan Grobsmith, 32

Dec. 12 around 2:05 p.m.

The case: Daquan Grobsmith was fatally shot in the 500 block of Pearl Street on the city’s North Side. Police received reports of around 20 gunshots near 323 N. Salina St., across from Pearl Street. The case remains unsolved.

The victim: Grobsmith was a graduate of Bishop Ludden High School where he played football, track and basketball. In 2009 he went to John Carroll University in Ohio and continued his football career. He was one of five freshmen who earned a varsity letter that year. He was one of only 10 players to rush for over 2,000 yards in his JCU career. Grobsmith majored in exercise science during his time at JCU. The 32-year-old was a loving father of two children, one boy and one girl. In a post on a GoFundMe established for his children, Grobsmith’s brother described him as a goofball who loved to be the life of the party. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.

Daquan Grobsmith obituary

Shakeale Hill

Shakeale Hill was fatally shot on the 1100 block of West Colvin Street on Dec. 18.

Shakeale Hill, 29

Dec. 18 around 10:15 p.m.

The case:

Shakeale

Hill was fatally shot in the 1100 block of West Colvin Street. Police found Hill in the driver’s seat of a car, shot in the leg, midsection and arm. The car – which had been struck by bullets – crashed into a parked car. The 29-year-old was rushed to Upstate University Hospital where he died. The case remains unsolved.

The victim:

The 29-year-old was a husband and a father to three children. He is survived by his parents and six siblings. He was buried in Onondaga Valley Cemetery. If you knew Shakeale Hill and are interested in sharing his story and/or photograph with us, please email Anne Hayes at i">>[email protected].

Shakeale Hill obituary

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Syracuse police have asked anyone with information about the homicides to call (315) 442-5222.

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Reporters Chris Libonati, Douglass Dowty and Rylee Kirk contributed to this article.

Staff writer Anne Hayes covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, a story idea, a question or a comment? You can reach her at i">>[email protected].

Source : https://www.syracuse.com/crime/2022/01/a-baby-a-football-player-a-retired-teacher-meet-the-32-people-lost-to-homicides-in-syracuse-in-2021.html

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