Police release name of man, 22, who died in shooting inside Corn Hill apartment building

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UPDATE: Rochester Police say Roje Lowry, 22, is the name of the man who was shot and killed on the ninth floor of his apartment building on Van Auker Street on Friday.

There are still no suspects in custody and anyone with information is asked to call 911.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — News10NBC is working to learn more about the 22-year-old man who died in a shooting in an apartment complex on Van Auker Street in the Corn Hill neighborhood on Friday.

Rochester Police have not yet identified him. But those who knew him say he prioritized work and loved to provide for his family.

“This morning I heard what happened to my homeboy and everything,” said Sherman Coley. “You know he’s a sweetheart. He didn’t bother nobody.”

Coley said he knew the young man who died. The two grew up together in the same apartment complex.

“He lived on the other end with his mom, before they moved out,” he said. “But as a little person, he was just running around like everybody else just chilling. He grew up, got a job.”

He was always a good kid, Coley said, someone who just wanted to focus on the things that mattered.

“He loved taking care of home first, loved taking care of home,” said Coley.

Police found him with a gunshot wound just after midnight Friday morning, on the ninth floor. He was taken to the hospital but later died. Mayor Malik Evans calls it senseless.

“There’s a lot of evidence we are going through, as it relates to that,” Evans said.

He said it’s too early in the investigation to know what led up to the shooting. But as we approach warmer weather, he’s focused on these three words.

“Prevention, intervention and suppression,” said Evans. “And we apply that during the summer months, but we’re always concerned about gun violence because it occurs at all times of the year, and we want to do everything we can to stop it.”

“It’s crazy like, they’re getting younger by the day, they’re not even getting older,” he said. “It’s just crazy, he didn’t even get to live his life yet.”

Police have a lot of evidence to go over and were seen working on the scene Friday morning. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call 911. This will be the city’s 17th homicide of the year.