Family of man killed in attempted carjacking shares thoughts on murder arrest | WHEC.com

Family of man killed in attempted carjacking shares thoughts on murder arrest

Stephanie Duprey
Updated: April 22, 2021 11:13 PM
Created: April 22, 2021 10:13 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A 16-year-old is behind bars and is being charged with the murder of 71-year-old Richard Sciascia after an attempted carjacking earlier this month.

Sciascia's stepdaughter, Emily Austin, said the family is relieved to know that police have a suspect, but they're still trying to pick up the pieces as they continue to mourn the loss of a loved one. 

"I just pray for rehabilitation for the young kid, I pray that they're made an example of so that this doesn't continue in our community I hope the community can rest,” Austin said.

Austin said her family feels a sense of relief. She said they've been kept well-informed through this investigation, but didn't know what to think when the phone rang Thursday afternoon.

“We were shocked, we were glad, we had been given a heads up that this was coming,” Austin said.

News10NBC obtained the felony complaint that alleges 16-year-old Edgar Tolentino shot and killed Richard Sciascia in his car in Gates on April 7. The Monroe County District Attorney's Office says shortly after Tolentino’s arrest he was arraigned virtually in Youth Part Court. Austin says her family can't thank the gates police department enough for all they've done.

"The Gates Police Chief has been one of the most amazing people that's out there, he checks on her, he was at the funeral,  he was right by my mom’s side through this entire thing,” Austin said.

Austin said "Richie" may have had the title of stepdad but he will always be her father. 

"Richie would always be here on my lunch break always digging through my fridge for my leftovers, he loved that I cooked,” Austin said.

We reached out to the Gates Police Department for comment but have not heard back.

Tolentino is being held without bail and is due back in court next week.


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