Syracuse, New York. – Chariel Osorio was standing in front of his house on the Near West Side with a smile on his face and a diploma in his hands.
It was a sunny June day and Osorio had just graduated from Corcoran High School. Still wearing his shiny maroon graduation cap and dress, the 17-year-old boy posed for a photo and proudly displayed his new graduation.
Osorio was shot in the head six hours later.
He had attended Rye Day, a celebration and birthday party in the community. He died days later.
Osorio was one of 31 people killed in murders in Syracuse last year. This corresponds to the number of murders in 2016, the deadliest year in the city's history.
Related Topics: Syracuse, along with other Covid-stressed US cities, saw an alarming surge in murders in 2020
Osorio was the youngest victim at 17. The oldest, Charles Peacock, was 45 years old.
Five of the people killed were women. The other 26 victims were men.
And 25 of the 31 murders were committed with guns.
Some of the lives claimed by violence included a mother of 12, a Buffalo State College student, and the son of a pastor. Here are the victims:
January 21 at around 11 p.m.
The case: Ruiz Olmeda was the first person to be killed in Syracuse in 2020. She was shot dead while sitting in a car parked near the West Park Apartments on South Salina Street. The teenager was shot twice in the head – once in the front and once in the back. Benjamin T. Kemp, then 15, was accused of murdering Olmeda during an attempted robbery. The case against Kemp, who according to prosecutors is part of the Bricktown gang, is pending.
The victim: Olmeda graduated from the Syracuse Institute of Technology in June 2019. During high school, he was an outstanding soccer player. Olmeda, who played as a defender, was called up to the All League second team of Class B West during his senior season at ITC. He survived on a wide variety of loved ones, including his parents and siblings.
March 19 at around 5:40 p.m.
The Case: Ronald Russell was shot dead on the 600 block on West Onondaga Street. Less than a week later, police charged Carlton Massey, then 39, of murdering Russell. Massey remains at the Onondaga County Justice Center with his case pending.
The victim: Russell loved hanging out with his kids, according to his obituary, doing everything from camping and fishing to playing video games and throwing a football outside at dusk. He survived six children with his partner and mother. "Everyone who knew Ron knew he was a joker and he loved telling stories and making people laugh," his family wrote in his obituary. "He was full of energy and life."
April 21 at 1:50 a.m.
The Case: Justin Dougall was burned alive in an SUV parked outside a house on Herbert Street. The Nissan Pathfinder was deliberately set on fire. Dougall was incapacitated by drugs and alcohol and could not save himself from the fire, police said. Timothy Benack, then 50, was arrested about six weeks after the fire and charged with Dougall's murder. He is being held in prison and will be on trial again this month.
The victim: Dougall graduated from Henninger High School in 1994. He is survived by two children who were teenagers at the time of his death. Dougall struggled with an alcohol addiction, his girlfriend said, and was homeless for about a decade. At the time of his death, he was trying to take part in a rehabilitation program. When the times were good, Dougall enjoyed playing Scrabble and reading with his father. Even on his bad days, he remained a friendly friend. "He could always make you smile," said John Tumino of In My Father & # 39; s Kitchen, a Syracuse charity that helps the homeless.
May 3 at around 11:31 a.m.
The case: Anthony Perry was repeatedly shot dead in broad daylight before noon on the 200 block of Croly Street. Quonta Q. Albert shot Perry, police said. Another man, Kadeem K. Arrindell-Martin, was serving as the shooter's getaway driver, police said. The case is pending. Arrindell-Martin remains in jail instead of $ 250,000 in cash or bail of $ 500,000. Albert is in jail without bail.
The victim: Perry was transported by ambulance from the location of the shooting. He was pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital. If you knew Perry and are interested in sharing his story and / or photo with us, please email Samantha House at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 23 around 1:45 a.m.
The Case: Arthur Bullock was stabbed in the leg near his hip while on the 300 block on West Onondaga Street outside of downtown Syracuse. He died shortly after in Upstate. The murder remains unsolved.
The victim: Bullock, nicknamed "Art", is not the first loved one his family has lost to violence. His father, Arthur Bullock, 54, was shot dead in July 2013 when he tried to prevent two friends from being robbed on the porch of his house on Fage Avenue. Bullock Jr.'s two spells in jail, including one for extortion while participating in the 110 gang, changed him, his little sister Asia Evans said. He took care of his mother and trained as a construction worker so that he could support his family. Bullock Jr. is survived by a daughter and a son. "I never said my brother was perfect," said his sister. "But he was the best brother I could ask for."
May 27 at around 9:40 a.m.
The case: William Johnson and Zantonious Wiley were roommates in an apartment on Hatch Street, prosecutors said. The men – who had previously argued about how clean the apartment should be – got into an argument that turned into a deadly fight on the morning of May 27, police said. Johnson and Wiley stabbed and killed each other, possibly with the same knife, officials said. When the police got to Hatch Street, Wiley died on the street and Johnson was dead in a stairwell.
The Victims: Johnson, known as "Real" by his family and friends, was from Syracuse. He survived from his two daughters, his mother and his siblings. Wiley of Syracuse was remembered at a memorial service in Lake Wales, Florida, according to his obituary.
May 27 at 1:40 a.m.
The Case: Corey Hober was fatally shot in the Griffiths Street complex. Prosecutors said he had traveled to Syracuse from the Adirondacks to buy drugs. Hober was in the hallway of an apartment building at 110 Griffiths Street when Lazear Coker-Hawkins pointed a gun at him and asked for money, police said. The two men started arguing, police said, and Coker-Hawkins shot Hober in the head. Coker-Hawkins, 22, of Syracuse, was accused of murdering Hober and robbing a second person. He remains in jail instead of $ 500,000 in cash or $ 1 million bail.
The victim: Hober was living in Tupper Lake at the time of his death. He survived from a young son, said a relative. He grew up in Kokomo, Indiana. He has had a drug addiction since he was a teenager, his relative said. Hober was "someone's baby; someone's brother; the father of a little autistic boy," said the relative.
May 31 at around 2:25 a.m.
The Case: Zachary Holloway was killed when a rifleman opened fire on the vehicle he was in on the city's Near West Side. Two people – Khalid A. Davis, 21, and his sister Genell A. Davis, 26, were charged with the murder of the teenager. Prosecutors said the sister was driving when the brother fired a gun at another vehicle on South Geddes Street. One of them hit Holloway in the head. Khalid Davis later attempted to silence a witness, a 22-year-old woman, by shooting her in the head, prosecutors said. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries but survived, officials said. The Davis siblings will remain in jail instead of $ 1 million in cash or $ 2 million bail.
The Victim: Holloway was a student at SUNY Buffalo State College, according to his obituary. He was from Syracuse and graduated from the Institute of Technology in Syracuse Central in June 2018, where he played basketball and soccer. He was survived by his parents, siblings, and other loved ones.
June 5th around 12:05 p.m.
The Case: Tre & # 39; Jan Sales was shot in the head on Neutral Court, a small street on the north side of town. He died on the scene. Edwin Sessoms, 37, was charged with the murder of Sales. Sessoms remains in jail in lieu of $ 400,000 in cash or $ 800,000 bail.
The victim: Sales' family, according to his obituary, planned to set up a scholarship fund in his honor for the Kirk Park Colts, a Pop Warner soccer team in Syracuse. He survived from his parents, 10 siblings, and other loved ones. When he was a child, he played sales baseball on the Syracuse Black Barons Little League baseball team, photo provided by Syracuse.com | The archive of the Post Standard shows. He and his teammates were asked a question: How are you brave and tough in your life? Sales, then 13, said, “Just struggling hard ways to survive something in life. Have respect and courage. "
June 7th around 12:51 p.m.
The Case: India Butler was shot in her midsection while on the 300 block off Ellis Street. She died in Upstate. Her shooting was one of four overnight firearm-related incidents in the city. Butler's murder remains unsolved.
The victim: Butler lived in Syracuse and, according to her obituary, worked two jobs: one at the Movie Tavern in Camillus and one at UPS. She survived from her parents, two sisters and three brothers. A funeral service for butlers was held remotely.
June 9th around 10:30 p.m.
The Case: Rae-Kwon Chambers was shot dead in Parkside Commons, an apartment complex on the East Side. He died in Upstate. The police are still looking for his accused murderer Jamal Smith (23), whom they consider armed and dangerous. The police asked anyone with information about Smith to call (315) 442-5222.
The victim: Chambers, a man from Syracuse, was working at Party Time, according to his obituary. He was a member of the Eternal Hope Worship Church. Chambers is survived by a wide variety of family members, including his parents and siblings.
June 10 around 10:45 a.m.
The Case: A dispute over social distancing at the Syracuse Community Health Center ended in Price-Green's death, prosecutors said. Price-Green was at 819 S. Salina St. to make an appointment, her family said when she got into an argument with Fontasia M. Toran, 26, a pregnant woman who also had an appointment. Toran was waiting outside with her boyfriend and two sisters to confront Price-Green, officials said. The friend, Julius D. Brown, stabbed Price-Green in the chest, police said. Price-Green later died in Upstate. Toran and Brown were both charged with murder. You are on bail waiting for the trial.
The victim: Price-Green was a mother of 12, her family said. According to her obituary, her children, husband, grandchildren, and other family members survive her. "Everyone knew her as the loving, sweet, kind woman that Chennal gave to Nelly," said Price-Green's niece, Kiaja Enoch. “She was the rock in our family; It kept our family together. "
June 20th around 8.45pm
The case: Chariel Osorio was one of nine people who were shot dead on June 20 at a birthday party in a park near the West Side. He was shot in the head and died days later in Upstate. At least seven armed men opened fire in a crowd as hundreds celebrated Rye Day, an annual community birthday celebration. The other eight wounded in the shooting survived their injuries. The shooting in Performance Park was planned, according to prosecutors, and involved at least three gangs: 110, Bricktown and Pioneer Homes. Eight people were charged with murder in connection with the mass shooting; Devar Williams, 21, is charged with firing the shot that killed Osorio.
The victim: Osorio graduated from Corcoran High School just six hours before he was fatally shot. His family said he was planning to move to Florida, and considered going to college or joining the army. “He tried to get better. He tried to get out of Syracuse, ”said Osorio's mother at a vigil for her son. "He tried to be a better man and they took that away from him."
July 18 around 9 p.m.
The case: Pedro Ayala-Clemente was fatally wounded on July 18 in a double shooting on the south side of the city. The shooting took place on the 300 block on Hudson Street. Ayala-Clemente was shot in the head while a woman was shot in the leg. The murder remains unsolved.
The victim: Ayala-Clemente was driven to Upstate in a private vehicle. On July 27, the Syracuse police announced that he had died. If you knew Ayala-Clemente and are interested in sharing his story and / or photo with us, please email Samantha House at email@example.com.
July 26 around 6:09 p.m.
The Case: Draquan McDonald was one of two people who were shot dead in Washington Square Park on the evening of July 26th. He was the first of three people killed in Syracuse that day. McDonald, who was shot in the back, died in Upstate. A 55-year-old woman who was shot in the leg survived, police said. McDonald's murder remains unsolved.
The victim: McDonald was called "Draskii" according to his obituary. In the comments in the digital guest book under his obituary, friends and family members remembered McDonald's infectious smile and the sound of his laughter. "I am so grateful that I could call you my friend," wrote one person.
July 26th around 11:08 pm
The Case: Luis Ramos-Rodriguez, the second murder of a “brutal” weekend in Syracuse, was shot in the head and legs on July 26th on Oswego Street. He died in Upstate. Naquantea Bowman, 17, and Cashstro Nimmons, 16, were charged in September and charged with the murder of Ramos-Rodriguez.
The victim: Ramos-Rodriguez of Puerto Rico was visiting Syracuse at the time of his death, prosecutors said. If you knew Ramos-Rodriguez and are interested in sharing his story and / or photo with us, please email Samantha House at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 26th around 11.47 p.m.
The Case: Erskine Dodson, the third person to die on July 26th, was shot dead in his midsection on South Salina Street. He was deposed after the shooting in Upstate and pronounced dead there. Tyquan Graham, 26, was charged with Dodson's murder. Graham is also charged with two more shootings in the summer of 2020; One was fatal and the other left a man paralyzed from the waist down. Graham's case is pending. He remains in jail without bail.
The victim: Dodson, a lifelong Syracusan, graduated from Nottingham High School. His father helped found the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Syracuse in 1983. Dodson was the proud father of two children – a daughter and a son. He worshiped at Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, said his pastor, and often took his young son to the children's program. According to his pastor, he worked for Eaton's Crouse-Hinds from around 2013 until his death. Dodson loved vehicles and ran his own sideline, which, according to his obituary, bought, repaired, and sold cars.
July 30th around 4:30 p.m.
The case: Miguel Quintero was shot around 4:30 p.m. 30th July. He was pronounced dead on the scene at the Neutral Court. It was the second fatal shooting on One Block Street in 2020. Zachary Marshall, 16, of Syracuse, was charged with the murder of Quintero. Another teenager, Nautica Harp, 19, from Syracuse, was accused of obstructing law enforcement.
The victim: Quintero was living in Syracuse at the time of his death. His middle name was Angel according to his obituary.
4th August around 1 p.m.
The Case: Charles Peacock was shot dead in his midsection on Wente Terrace on August 4th. He later died in Upstate. Peacock was the second of two people killed by a man – Tyquan Graham, 26 – during a two-month killing spree, police said. Graham shot Erskine C. Dodson II on July 26th, police said.
The victim: Peacock worked for Syracuse University, according to his obituary. Born in Syracuse, he is survived by his daughter, mother and other loved ones.
August 23 at around 2:40 a.m.
The Case: Jimmia Chambers was shot in the stomach on the 100 block on Josephine Street. She was pronounced dead in Upstate. Chambers's murder is unsolved.
The victim: Chambers, called "Mia", is the third person to have lost their family to gun violence in Syracuse. Her 16-year-old brother, Johnny Chambers, was fatally shot in February 2007 while leaving a birthday party on Berger Avenue. Her cousin James Mike was shot dead in a parking lot on Furman Street in July 2018. "For this to happen – for her to be murdered – we don't understand why," said Lonya Moore, Chambers' cousin. "We're all in shock." Prior to her death, Chambers had raised a family member's baby, her cousin said.
August 31 at around 9.44 p.m.
The Case: Jorge Gonzalez was shot dead in his midsection on the 200 block on Bradley Street. He was pronounced dead in Upstate. Gonzalez was one of two people injured in the Skunk City shooting. A 26-year-old man was shot in the hip and leg, according to police, but survived. No arrests were made.
The victim: Gonzalez, who was survived by his mother and siblings, grew up on the west side of the city. He was an avid autograph collector and loved taking selfies with local and national legends. Gonzalez was considered an "autograph buddy" for other local fans of sports memorabilia. He has appeared frequently in the Carrier Dome and in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. Gonzalez worked for the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team for years and was the team's clubhouse manager in 2014.
September 17th around 7:12 p.m.
The Case: Shadetta Franklin was shot in the head near the Hub Liquor Store on Burt Street and Oakwood Avenue. The police found Franklin badly wounded on the street. She died in Upstate two days later. Anthony Sutton Jr., 22, of Syracuse, was charged with the murder of Franklin. He remains in jail instead of $ 500,000 in cash or $ 1 million bail.
The victim: Franklin, affectionately known as "Detta", grew up in Syracuse. Franklin is survived by her 12-year-old son, 10-year-old stepdaughter, and her fiancee. She also survived from her mother and siblings. She often shared photos on Facebook wearing matching outfits with her son.
September 19 around 7:52 p.m.
The Case: Tyree Lawson was on the porch on Oakwood Ave. on September 19th. 351 when a rifleman went to the house and shot him, police and family members said. Lawson was taken to Upstate and pronounced dead. His murder continues to be investigated. No arrests were made.
The Victim: Lawson, a 10-year-old Syracuse resident, was born and raised in Connecticut. According to his obituary, he worked as a cook at Joe's to-go restaurant. Lawson played soccer and ran athletics. He was nicknamed "Lightweight" for his speed and slim figure, his loved ones said in his obituary. Lawson was cooking dinner for a grieving family when he was killed, his family said. He spent the evening at a family member's home, making dinner and watching his younger cousins, his family said. His family believe Lawson's killer mistook him for someone else. "This is not the life he has led," said his sister-in-law Erica Kearse. "We can't think of anyone who wanted to harm him."
October 23 around 2:40 p.m.
The Case: Stephen Phelps-Martans was killed in a botched robbery at his home on Westcott Street, police said. He was the first of two men killed on October 23. Curtez McLauren, 17, and two unnamed suspects pointed a gun at Phelps-Martans and ordered him to surrender his marijuana, police said. When Phelps-Martans refused, McLauren shot him and fled, police said. Phelps-Martans later died in Upstate. McLauren was charged with murdering Phelps-Martans. His case is pending.
The victim: Phelps-Martans from Syracuse was, according to his obituary, a talented drummer with a passion for art and music. He survived on his sister, fiancée, and other loved ones. "Friends and family will miss his loving manner, temperamental demeanor and desire to protect those he loved," his family wrote in his obituary.
October 23 at around 10 p.m.
The Case: Hakeem Phillips was the second man to be killed on October 23. Police said he was at a large outdoor gathering near the Parkside Commons apartment complex when he was shot. He was taken to Upstate and pronounced dead from the gunshot wound in his midsection. Charles L. Cox of Syracuse was arrested in Staten Island a few weeks later and charged with the murder of Phillips. He is being held in prison without bail.
The victim: Phillips was the second child his parents lost to gun violence. Phillips & # 39; brother DaQuan Phillips was shot dead on October 24, 2003 on the 1800 block of East Fayette Street. He was 17 years old. The brothers were both killed near Parkside Commons. Hakeem Phillips had three children, two daughters and one son, according to his obituary. He worked as a welder for Crouse-Hinds.
November 25th around 8:15 p.m.
The Case: Jerry Murray was shot dead in the middle of his house on Judson Street, Westcott. He was taken to Upstate, where he later died. Two days later, 23-year-old Michael A. Grant was arrested and charged with robbing and murdering Murray. The two men knew each other, said Murray's mother. Grant is being held in jail without bail.
The victim: Murray graduated from Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville in 2016. He grew up reading poetry, went to Grateful Dead concerts with his father, and took apart the electronics to see how they worked, according to his obituary. At the time of his death, Murray was living with his girlfriend and their French bulldog, Boss. Murray was the second child his parents had to bury. Murray's little sister, Grace, drowned in a pond in Cortland County in August 2007. She was 4 years old. Her protective big brother, then 10, was | according to Syracuse.com | the first person to notice Grace was missing in The Post Standard Archives. Thirteen years later, Murray was killed.
December 11th around 6.15 p.m.
The case: Franchelli Almonte was stabbed in the neck trying to save a friend's daughter from a friend who would not let the girl go, police said. Cody Windley, 17, was charged with Almonte's murder on December 19.
The victim: Friends described Almonte as protective, someone who told others to take care of themselves but never take their own advice. She is survived by two children, a 7 year old daughter and an 11 year old son. Almonte came to Syracuse from Puerto Rico about 12 years ago. Most recently she worked at Pace CNY, a senior care service. She was passionate about event planning, friends said.
December 21 at 8:37 p.m.
The Case: Droz was shot while driving in the 200 block on Hillview Avenue. After following Droz for a few blocks, 23-year-old Sharrief Powell pulled the rental car he was driving near Droz 'car, police said. Unnamed shooters in the car then opened fire, the police said, and shot Droz in the head. Police found him dead after his car crashed. Powell, on charges of murder, is in jail without bail.
The victim: According to his obituary, the victim's full name was Ptolemy-Angelus Pedro Droz. He attended Corcoran High School and loved playing basketball. Above all, his loved ones said, he devoted himself to his family. He is survived by two young sons, Noah (3) and Angelus (4 months), as well as his mother, siblings and grandmothers.
December 28 at around 1:44 a.m.
The case: A’salic Parham died after being shot in the chest. He called 911 and said he was shot, but police said he didn't know where he was. Investigators tracked his phone and found him seriously injured on the 200 block on Evaleen Avenue. Parham wurde nach Upstate gebracht, wo er für tot erklärt wurde. Die Polizei hat keine Verhaftung angekündigt. Parhams Mord wird weiterhin untersucht.
Das Opfer: Parham war laut seinem Nachruf ein lebenslanger Bewohner der Region Syrakus. Er wird von einem Sohn, seinen Eltern, Großeltern und mehreren Tanten, Onkeln und Cousins überlebt.
31. Dezember gegen 10:45 Uhr
Der Fall: Joel Saldana starb, nachdem er Silvester auf der Bear Street-Brücke über die Interstate 81 erschossen worden war. Ein 911-Anrufer berichtete, er habe laut Polizeiscannerberichten gesehen, wie jemand eine Waffe aus einem Auto auf ein anderes Auto in der Nähe dieser Kreuzung abgefeuert habe. Einige Minuten später kam Saldana mit einer Schusswunde am Rücken im St. Joseph's Hospital an, teilte die Polizei mit. Er starb später an diesem Tag.
Das Opfer: Saldana war sehr familienorientiert, sagte sein Nachruf. Er wird von seinen Eltern, 11 Geschwistern und seiner schwangeren Verlobten überlebt.
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