Bishop Davis reacts to developments in Chili Ave triple homicide case

Updated: 03/03/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 10:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

We're hearing from a local reverend, who was the pastor of two of the victims killed in last week's triple homicide on Chili Avenue.

Monday, Rochester Police said a weapon found during a drug raid Friday night, has been linked thru ballistic testing, to that homicide.

On Friday, The RPD and State Police raided a home on Clifford Avenue. 

Police say they discovered 80 pounds of marijuana, and two illegal weapons. 

Six people have been arrested and are facing drug charges. Carlos White, 38, 25-year-old Jessica Leonard, 34-year-old Andrew Christopher McFarlane, 34-year-old Marlando Anthony Allen, 21-year-old Steve Fulcott and 46-year-old Ronald Jefferson are charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Police will not say how, or if any of these suspects knew the victims of the triple homicide, and we want to be clear, no one has been charged in the deaths of the victims.

Cousins Jacquelyn and Jermiliah Simmons, along with Michael Nelson, were found shot to death inside an apartment on Chili Avenue one week ago Monday.

Despite a very busy day meeting with the victim’s relatives, we were able to catch up with Rev. Davis between meetings. He says family members have nothing but praise for the speed in which law enforcement have moved on this case.

Rochester Police Chief, Michael Ciminelli said, “While no charges have yet been filed in the triple homicide on Chili Ave, based on where we are now, we can say the persons that we presently believe are responsible for this crime are no longer a threat to the community.”

It's the news relatives of Jackie and Jeremillah Simmons and Michael Nelson have been waiting to hear. While no one has been charged with the murders of these three young people, respected local minister and family spokesperson, Reverend Willie Davis says family members are breathing a little easier Monday night. 

“I have had an opportunity to speak with all of the mothers and there's this sense of relief,” said Davis

But while there is relief, Davis says family members are grieving as they make arrangements. He says there is a great pain over the loss of two young mothers and a man known in the neighborhood as Big Mike, a harmless teddy bear.

Davis said, “There is so much going on it's difficult to celebrate so to speak at this moment.”

This latest development comes after a drug raid at an apartment house on Clifford Avenue Friday. State Police went in with a search warrant. But even with these new developments, family members are still asking “why?”

“The family is at a loss concerning this whole thing. These are girls who grew up in the church, they loved the lord. They were still in their journey with Christ. It’s an oddity,” said Davis.

Davis says he and the family have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from the community, from their neighbors and friends to elected officials and community leaders, and he expressed their deepest thanks.

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