Inside the Evidence: Double homicide in the South Wedge

March 29, 2019 11:26 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – It just doesn't make sense. That's what investigators are still saying after a double homicide in Rochester more than 12 years ago.

A young couple was gunned down in their home in the South Wedge. The killer has never been caught. 


Sarah Capadano, 23, and Daniel Perez, 21, were just starting their lives together. They bought a home in the South Wedge and were fixing it up. In November of 2006, their lives were cut short. 

"No good reason why they were killed," said Rochester Police Investigator Andrew MacKenzie "There's absolutely no good reason."

It was Nov. 9, 2006. Police were called to 51 Hamilton St. in Rochester. Inside, Sarah and Daniel were found shot and killed. 

"It looks like somebody was in there waiting for them to get home," said Inv. MacKenzie. 

Sarah was an accountant. She graduated from Nazareth Academy and Rochester Business Institute. At the time, she was also going to the College at Brockport for her bachelor's degree.

Daniel graduated from East High School and was working as an aide for people with disabilities. 

"Nothing appeared to be disturbed in terms of someone entering the residence at this time, and that makes it even more suspicious," said then-Rochester Police Chief David Moore.

Twelve years later, for the first time, we're getting a look inside that home. 

"I truly believe they knew the person or the person knew them," said Inv. MacKenzie. "Daniel was found in the foyer area of the house and Sarah was found in the living room." 

They had both been shot in the upper body. Sarah and Daniel had just come home after eating at Red Lobster and stopping at a friend's house. 

"It looks like they were caught by surprise, and it doesn't appear that anybody put up a fight," said Inv. MacKenzie. "There was no forced entry. I believe the suspects were in the house prior to them arriving."

The only thing that appeared to be disturbed in the home: the mattress in their bedroom. 

"In the lower corner, the mattress appears to be off of the box spring," Inv. MacKenzie said. "It looks like somebody went in there with the intention of looking for something and knew where it was."

"Any idea what he may have put under his mattress?" asked Nikki Rudd. 

"It might have been money. It could have been drugs," said Inv. MacKenzie. 

Investigators say Daniel smoked marijuana and was involved in selling small amounts of weed, but nothing big. 

"They weren't involved in like a high-risk lifestyle." Inv. MacKenzie said. 

News10NBC also found out new details about the gun used in the murders.

"We know that gun was at least used in another crime before this," said Inv. MacKenzie. 

He wouldn't go into detail but said the same gun was used in a shooting before Sarah and Daniel were killed. In that case, no one was hurt. 

With changes in technology, evidence from the crime scene is being analyzed at the Monroe County Crime Lab that could develop new leads. 

"It's been 12 years now," said Inv. MacKenzie. "I know there are people out there that have information. Two people were killed for really, like I said before, no good reason. These things don't ever go away."

If you have information on who killed Sarah Capadano and Daniel Perez, call Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300. 

Next week, News10NBC sits down with Sarah's father. Hear what he has to say about this double murder and who he thinks the killer could be.

WEB EXTRA: Double homicide crime scene pictures


Nikki Rudd

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