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Victims identified in Hamlin double homicide

September 13, 2018 06:35 AM

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has identified the two people found in a car destroyed by fire behind a warehouse in Hamlin Monday. 

Twenty-year-old Alexander Burrow and 18-year-old Bruce Kane were the victims of what the sheriff's office is now calling a double homicide. 

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On Wednesday afternoon, Kane's family told News10NBC he just graduated from Brockport High School in June and was attending Monroe Community College. 

Meanwhile, Burrow was a 2016 graduate. They became friends as members of the BHS swim team.

Kane's family did not want to speak publicly but told News10NBC they would never have expected something like this. Kane was planning to join the swim team at Monroe Community College

Deputies discovered the burned-out red Ford Focus, belonging to Kane's parents, behind a warehouse on King Street in Hamlin around 11 a.m. Monday. The owner of the warehouse discovered the car with the bodies inside. Unfortunately, the fire left little physical evidence.

Sheriff Todd Baxter and Chief Deputy Michael Fowler told reporters both Burrow and Kane suffered gunshot wounds, but would not confirm the cause of death. 

Baxter refused to give out too much information because he says it's information that only the killer knows. 

Investigators think this crime happened late Sunday around 11:30 p.m. and early Monday around 1:30 a.m. 

The sheriff is hoping to speak to the driver of a dark-colored pick up truck that made a U-turn in Crosby's convenience store. Police do not believe this vehicle was involved in the crime but that the driver may have critical information to help in this investigation. 

"We get good breaks by information, by videos," said Baxter. "And what we find most often is suspects make mistakes. We're going to be on these guys ...the detectives haven't slept...they've been on this. Our evidence collection people....we're working with our other partners out there whether it's the fire bureau trying to determine the origin of this fire."

Baxter added, "Sooner or later they're going to make a mistake and we're going to get the right piece of information."

They are asking anyone who saw or heard anything in the area of Lake Road and King Street in Hamlin between Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 10 to call 911 or the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 585-753-4175. 

After hearing of the tragedy, the Brockport Central School District left the following statement: 

"The Brockport Central School District community is saddened to learn of the loss of two former students. Bruce Kane graduated from Brockport High School this past June and Alex Burrow graduated in 2016. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and all those affected by this tragedy. Counselors will be available throughout the week to provide assistance to students and staff in need of support." 

Below is the full press briefing from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office regarding the ongoing investigation: 

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