Friends and family react to triple homicide on Chili Avenue

Updated: 02/25/2014 11:43 PM
Created: 02/25/2014 11:23 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Friends and family members are still trying to make sense of the horrific crime that happened on Chili Avenue. Two mothers and another man were found shot to death inside an apartment.

 Rochester Police still have not officially released the identities of the young adults, but the pastor of the two women who were found identified them as Jacqueline Simmons and her cousin Jeremeliah Simmons. A third victim, Michael Nelson, was also found.  News10NBC spoke with his sister Tuesday.

Tuesday night News10NBC went to the neighborhood to hear what people are saying about what happened.

There seem to be more questions in the community than there are answers. The most pressing one is who could have done this and why?

“When we first moved on Fillmore he was a little boy and then he grew up and here he is, 'Big Mike.' That's just how we knew him,” said Thalia Walker, Co-owner of Livies Jamaican Restaurant and Import Market.

Livingston and Thalia Walker have been trying to figure out how this horrible crime could have happened, and how “Big Mike” could have been targeted. “Big Mike” is Michael Nelson, the young man who was found dead inside the apartment along with Jacquelyn and Jeremeliah Simmons.

“He was always a quiet young man walking on the streets and I would see him in the Fillmore, Chili Avenue area, and that's pretty much where he hang,” said Livingston Walker.

The Walkers own Livies Jamaican Restaurant and Import Market. It's only a few blocks away from where the horrible crime happened. They say they never saw “Big Mike” anywhere near there. It doesn't make sense to this couple, or to Nelson's sister who spoke with News10NBC Tuesday.

“Why do you think someone would do this to him?” asked News10NBC’s Berkeley Brean.

 “I don't know. I have no clue. I don't know. We need answers. I don't know who would do this to my brother,” said Nelson’s sister.

Few people News10NBC spoke with seemed to know the Simmons’. Their pastor and counselor, Bishop Willie Davis says they were both mothers to young children and attended his church.

“Why do you think they were killed?” asked Brean.

“To be honest, it's difficult for me to even speculate because these are girls that come from a very strong family background,” said Bishop Willie Davis.

Rochester Police had no update on this case Tuesday. Family members tell News10NBC they're not talking to them either.

Meanwhile, News10NBC is told the mothers of the two women killed have gone into hiding for their safety.

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