Inside the Evidence: Graduation party drive-by

March 15, 2018 02:04 PM

News10NBC is taking you Inside the Evidence. We're going where you can't -- inside police investigations of unsolved murders.

Our latest case: an innocent young woman gunned down at a graduation party in Rochester nearly five years ago. 

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

"It was chaotic," said Rochester Police Investigator Mike Houlihan, remembering the case from May 14, 2013. "They were doing nothing wrong. There's kids in the yard."  

Kierra Jones was 20 years old and set to graduate in a matter of weeks. She was at her aunt's house on York Street celebrating her cousin's graduation. Just before 10 p.m. a SUV drove by and gunfire erupted.

Jones was shot in the chest and later died at the hospital. Two other people were also shot and survived. One of them was holding a child at the time. 

News10NBC obtained never before seen pictures from the crime scene. You can see a graduation cap in the front seat of a car in the driveway. Next to the car, another crime scene photo shows a child's Tonka Truck toy. It was hit by a bullet and surrounded with blood.

Investigator Houlihan says the three people shot were innocent victims. 

"This case is particularly disturbing because these people were there to celebrate a graduation," said Investigator Houlihan. 

Now News10NBC is giving you an exclusive look at video of the SUV used in the drive-by. Police know multiple guns were used so there were at least two shooters and a driver. Investigators tell us the SUV was found in the same neighborhood the next day. 

"When we recovered this car, we were very hopeful there would be evidence in there that would lead us to an arrest in a short period of time," said Investigator Houlihan. "That hasn't happened yet." 

Investigators say the owner of the SUV was not involved in the shooting. It turns out he let some people borrow it that night. 

Nikki Rudd:  "Do you know who killed Kierra Jones?" 

Investigator Houlihan:  "We have some ideas, but certainly we need more info on this. I know there are people in 
Rochester that know who did this. I'm not happy that these people are still on the street. They committed a crime that is just horrendous, and they need to be held accountable for that." 

You're probably wondering who borrowed the SUV that night. That's a question police couldn't answer. However, investigators say they have evidence from inside the SUV that could help them close this case. 

If you recognize anything from the new pictures and video you sw in this story police are asking you to please come forward. The number to call is (585) 428-7157.  

RELATED: Web Extra: Drive-by homicide


Nikki Rudd

Copyright 2019 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Relay Media Amp

We no longer have Facebook comments on this site. Please visit our Facebook Page to join the conversation.