EXCLUSIVE: Mother of shooting spree suspect speaks out from prison

October 13, 2018 06:22 PM

The mother of a Rochester man accused of shooting three people, killing one and leading police on a cross town chase is speaking out Saturday night. Joyce Powell is the mother of 39-year-old Terrell Blake. She's a former Rochester activist and pastor now serving life in prison for burglary, assault and murder.

Powell spoke to News10NBC from the Bedford Correctional Facility where she is currently serving life. Powell says there's a lot more to this story than meets the eye.

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Investigators say Blake is accused of shooting and killing 28-year-old Antane Lopez the mother of one of his children Wednesday on Post Avenue. He also shot who police believe Lopez was currently dating, 25-year-old Willie Jakes. He is still at Strong Hospital and is expected to recover. 

Police say Blake then went to Frances Street where he shot his own son, 20-year-old Terrell Blake Jr. Blake has been released from the hospital.

Many people question why Blake would want to hurt his family. His mother, Joy Powell says there was a lot of family drama involving his  daughter and accusations of abuse. 

"This was an accident waiting to happen," Powell said."My son wrote me a letter last month and told me he was so depressed."

Powell says when Blake found out about the problems, the issues coupled with his already fragile mental health state were a recipe for disaster.

"He had a lot of mental health problems, and it was well documented since he was a little boy," Powell said. "He was taking medication for mental illness."

Investigators say Blake led police on a chase across town that ended in a shootout between him, Rochester Police and a Monroe County Deputy. Powell says she wrote Blake letters trying to help him from behind bars, but he took matters into his own hands.

"I was telling Terrell in the letter please let mommy handle this," Powell said. "But he wrote in a letter, mommy I don't think I'm going to live the rest of this year out."

Powell says she's worried about her family after this tragic incident.

"I think that my grandchildren need therapy and counseling," Powell said. "Of course, I have remorse of the victim that died in this, the mother, because now my granddaughter doesn't have a mother or father."

The investigation into this shooting spree continues. 


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