2 from Wayne County charged with murder after missing man found dead in Syracuse

March 27, 2019 11:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Wayne County couple is behind bars Wednesday after being accused of killing a Rochester man on Saturday, driving his body to Syracuse and dumping it in a vacant house. 

Rochester police officers caught up with the couple Tuesday following a car chase that ended in a crash with a garbage truck.


Aries Ash, 30, and Charisse Walton, 36, both of North Rose, are charged with second-degree murder after a missing Greece man, 43-year-old Maximillian Cook, was found dead on the property of a vacant home on Dearborn Place in Syracuse. 

Ash admitted to shooting Cook once in the torso with a semi-automatic handgun on Pennsylvania Avenue in Rochester on March 23, according to the criminal complaint. 

On Wednesday afternoon, News10NBC caught up with loved ones who are trying to deal with Cook's murder. They tell News10NBC he was a gifted rap artist and devoted father. 

"It hurts so hurts so bad," said Chaz Mitchell, Cook's younger brother.

Mitchell can't understand why his older brother was killed in such a cold, heartless manner.

"He always wanted to see people smiling and made sure if I was hungry, he made sure he got food for me. He'd have no gas in his car,  broke and he'd find a way to get to me,  take me to work so I would get there on time, " Mitchell said with tears streaming down his face. "He never gave up on his dream, which was to be a rapper. He was ghostwriting for people. He was part of a group called Hexx Nation locally." 

When police officers tried to stop the car on Culver Road in Rochester, they say the car sped off. The pursuit ended in the 1600 block of Clifford Avenue where the vehicle collided with a City of Rochester garbage truck.  

"Funny guy, sweetheart, light up a room with his personality," said Kelly Brown, owner of Cannabis Cures. "Just fun to be around, you know." 

Brown says Cook would often come into her store at the Public Market. She says the people who run businesses in this area of the market are like family. 

"It's very sad and it's scary because this is our building and we call it the little green building. There's at least six or seven vendors in this building total and we consider them our family, our work family and when you hear something like this, it strikes a chord," she said.

Ash and Walton were taken into custody without further incident.


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