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A Rochester family is searching for answers in the shooting death of homicide victim Walter Smith. The shooting was one of two over the weekend. His family is making a plea to stop the violence.
"I don't know who did this and God will take care of his soul, but right now all we want is some answers, why, why Walter?"
It's a question friends and family of Walter Smith, 28, have been forced to wrestle with.
"This shouldn't happen to anybody, nobody deserves this. No one," said Dawn Hartzog, Walter Smith's sister.
Monday night on Elba Street was a place no one preferred to be. It was the scene of the city's latest homicide. Now it's where candles, teddy bears, and tears are laid remembering Walter.
Stephanie: "It's hard for everybody right now that he can just be there and like that he's gone," said niece Stephanie Hartzog.
According to family, Smith would have been starting classes at Monroe Community College in just a few days. He had aspirations and dreams of being a singer or rapper.
"Walter was amazing. He had no enemies," said Dawn.
That's why family find it hard to understand that someone would shoot up the car Smith was sitting in Saturday night as he waited outside his girlfriend's house.
"It's hard for everybody right now that he can just be there and like that he's gone," Stephanie said.
The shooting is one of a handful over the past two weekends. About three hours after Smith was shot, three other men were shot inside of a car parked on Gardner Avenue. Police have not connected the two shootings. Both are still under investigation.
"Investigatively, we need the community's help in terms of identifying who is involved and what the rationale behind some of the acts are and hopefully in the next few weeks we'll be able to say we've come to some success," said Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department.
"Why, why is there so much killing, why is there so much crime?" asked Dawn. "When will it stop? When can we lay our head down in peace and say amen, thank you for a day, and wake up?"