Good Question: Who murdered four people and left them to burn?

November 13, 2017 06:23 AM

It's been nearly two years since police and fire investigators came across a gruesome murder scene in Rochester. So, are we any closer to seeing an arrest?

On January 9, 2016, on Leighton Avenue in Rochester, life forever changed for family members of four local people.

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"It was a shock. It’s like somebody takes their fist and hits you in your stomach and you're on a roller coaster ride," said Michelle Glover, days after the murders.

That roller coaster ride continues nearly two years later.

Glover's daughter Lachelle Powell along with Michael Royale, his fiancée Jennifer Leasure and Michael Adams were all murdered. Their arms were restrained, mouths were taped shut and the home they were found in on Leighton Avenue was set on fire to cover up the murders.

Today, are we any closer to naming a suspect?

"We're still frustrated," said Investigator John Brennan. He and his partner Gary Galetta are the lead investigators.

Taney: Since we last spoke a year ago has there been any one development, anything you can go on record and tell us has come up? A new witness? Piece of evidence?

Gary Galeta: I wish I could. I wish there was something there that we could hang a hat on, a case breaking moment but there is nothing.

Two of the victims had a criminal past but the detectives did not say which ones.

Taney: The criminal activity tied to the victims, are we talking high level? 

Brennan: Petty. Low level. Let’s put it this way, they weren't doing anything that required this incident to happen.

Taney: You looked at the cell phones. There were no angry text messages?

Galetta: We did an extensive and exhaustive search of all electronics, nothing. Nothing at all."

Taney: Any potential this was mistaken identity? 

Brennan: We don't know. We can't even rule that out.

But the two investigators do know this:

"Somebody out there has information. You may be scared but call us," said Brennan.

"We will meet anywhere that you want and keep everything confidential. We'll talk to you. Tell us what you got. What you know.  We need help we need a direction," Brennan went on to say.

"We're sometimes just a phone call away from breaking open a case," Galetta added.

Those investigators, and the victim’s family members hope that phone call comes soon.

If you have information, again you can remain anonymous, and call the major crimes unit. That number is 585-428-7157 or 911.


Pat Taney

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