Family, friends remember retired RTS bus driver killed in robbery on Bernard St.

September 22, 2017 06:41 PM

Rochester police sought a second suspect Friday for the fatal shooting of a man on Bernard Street.

Twenty-four-year-old Paul Horn of Rochester was arraigned Friday on charges of second degree murder and second degree robbery for the death of 65-year-old Thomas Hardaway.

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The RPD’s major crimes unit was seeking an additional suspect, according to a statement from the department which asks anyone with any information to call 911.

“We just want to justice to be done,” exclaimed the victim’s brother Donald Hardaway who, along with other relatives, attended Horn’s arraignment. “It hurts to see him because you're thinking ‘how can you do what you done?’ And we don't even know why he did it.”

The felony complaint against Horn says Hardaway was shot in the stomach Wednesday in an apparent robbery outside his home on Bernard Street and died at the scene.

A retired RTS bus driver, Hardaway was described by relatives and neighbors as a widely known and well-liked fixture in the community, where he was known affectionately by the nickname “Fuzzy.”

“He had taken me under his wing,” declared Diana Windom, a fellow former bus driver and Hardaway’s next door neighbor, who rushed to Hardaway’s house after the shooting. “There he was, lying on the ground,” she said. “I was devastated. I am still numb. I'm still hurt."

The incident prompted the creation of an impromptu memorial, a cross bearing Hardaway’s picture surrounded by teddy bears and candles placed on a St. Jacob Street curb where neighbors said Hardaway would set up a chair, sit and socialize with friends.

"He's from our neighborhood,” explained Diane Johnson, a community minister. “He's from our community, Fuzzy, he looks out for our kids. I've been around there for 30 something years and Fuzzy has always encouraged them to do the right thing and looked out for my daughter when she had her first apartment on Bernard Street."

“He was a real good guy,” said Donald Hardaway. “He would give you the shirt off his back. So, what happened, it’s real hard that it did happen."

Thomas Hardaway had nine brothers and his relatives declared they planned to keep close watch on legal proceedings in the case.

In court Friday, Horn was ordered held without bail and a not guilty plea entered on his behalf.

Johnson declared the case doubly upsetting because she knew both the victim and the young suspect. “I just pray for the young man,” she said, “but I also pray for the family of Fuzzy. He was a pillar in the community. He did look out for… He wanted the children to do the right thing. May his soul rest in peace."


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