Left in fear, Hamlin community reaches out to News10NBC for answers

September 20, 2018 08:16 PM

It has been just over a week since the discovery of two badly burned bodies in a car in Hamlin.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Bruce Kane and 20-year-old Alexander Burrow were in the car. The sheriff said it was a targeted crime with no danger to the community, but that has not eased the fears of the people in Hamlin. 

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Neighbors have reached out to News10NBC for an update, so we went back to the sheriff.

Sheriff Todd Baxter told News10NBC that investigators did find the driver of the dark truck that was seen in the area the night of the crime.

Unfortunately, the sheriff says the driver didn't see anything that has been helpful to investigators. 

"I think it is a secure community," said Hilary Moore, a Hamlin business owner. "I think that's probably why we're all wondering what's happening, why we haven't heard any updates."

Moore lives in Brockport, but runs a hair business out of a salon in Hamlin. 

Courtney Ritchie owns the salon and lives in Hamlin. 

News10NBC caught up with the two during a lunch meeting at the Farmer's Table in Hamlin. Both of them told News10NBC they're looking over their shoulder a little more.

"It is a brutal, brutal crime," says Ritchie. 

"It's scary to think that could even take place, especially in a small town you don't expect to look on your phone and see that news pop up."

Last Monday, sheriff deputies discovered the bodies and what was left of the car the boys had been riding in. 

Burrow and Kane had been shot and their car set on fire. It's a crime that has rocked Hamlin. 

"Our evidence is showing us this was a targeted attack," said Baxter. "It's very specific towards these kids...they did not deserve to die and it's a case we're going to pursue right to the end."

Baxter says he's dedicated a team of investigators to this crime and adds, "We collected, for example, multiple, multiple videos that may or may not have information on them. The first thing is to capture those videos before they disappear...and then we go back and enhance them with technology then we look at them. We could be talking about hundreds of hours of video."

Baxter says investigators are looking for more video. He says if you have a camera in your car, or a security camera outside your home and you have been visited by law enforcement, please call 911.


Lynette Adams

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