Police offering $3,000 reward for information on January homicide

Updated: 05/29/2014 5:44 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 11:33 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

The family of a murder victim is asking the public to help find their son’s killer. It is a case that Rochester Police officers are taking personally. Many say they won’t rest until they find whoever is responsible.

The 28-year-old victim was shot and killed in January. So far, it is the only unsolved homicide this year for the Rochester Police Department.

Christopher Edmonds was killed in a parking lot on Genesee Street. The Rochester Police Department is offering a $3,000 reward to help find the killer.

So far this year, the Rochester Police Department has solved 15 out of 16 homicides. It's the one they haven't made an arrest in that they're taking personally and so is the victim's family.

Nathaniel Jackson, father of the victim, said, “We need this person or persons off the street.”

Jackson does not want any other family to suffer the same fate. His son, 28-year-old Christopher Edmonds, was shot and killed in January.

Jackson said, “He was a good kid.  We loved him.  We loved him. We dearly miss him and we wish that we could solve this crime.”

That is why the family is joining the Rochester Police Department to get the word out.

Captain Lynde Johnston, Rochester Police Department, said, “That's the purpose of today, to reach out again one more time and hope that somebody will be able to bring this back to light.”

To solve it, investigators took to the streets. They canvassed the neighborhood where Edmond’s memorial still stands near Genesee Street.

Lt. Frank Umbrino, Rochester Police Dept., said, “Distributing some flyers, see if we can't jog anybody's memory if they didn't witness the crime, maybe they've heard something if they did it, why they did it. So our attempt is just to re-kindle the flame.”

A flame that investigators say is burning inside them, driving them to find out who pulled the trigger.

Lt. Umbrino said, “It's not fair to the victim's family. This is the only unsolved murder of the year.”

Jackson said, “If one of your loved ones was murdered, you'd want someone to come to police officers and give them the information they need to have to solve the case.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 428-7093 or 911.

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