Friends and family remember man killed in attempted carjacking: 'Richard Sciascia didn't deserve that'

Emily Putnam
Created: April 08, 2021 06:48 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — On Thursday, Gates Police released the name of the 71-year-old man who was shot and killed in an attempted carjacking on Buell Road Wednesday morning: Richard Sciascia of Irondequoit.

"A 71-year-old citizen just going about their daily activities today [Wednesday], fell victim to this carjacking," said Gates Police Chief James Vanbrederode Wednesday. 

Richard was on his way to visit his son, Sam, who was staying at the Red Roof Inn on Buell Road. When he was shot, he was about 100 yards from his destination. It was routine for Richard to visit Sam here, as they had a particularly close relationship. 

"They were best friends, you know?" said Richard's friend of more than a decade, David Dellafave. "He didn't need to come around to check on Sam, it was just, they wanted to see each other. They were that close."

Richard had three children—Sam, Richard, and Sara—as well as grandchildren and many friends. Friends described him as selfless, outgoing, and the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.

"Richard was the nicest person I probably ever met," Dellafave said. "He treated me like a son, honestly, you know, and I looked up to him like a father. That's the hardest thing. I definitely consider him a father to everybody. Anybody who knows Richard knows that he was that kind of person."

At 71, he was still actively working at Ridge Donut Cafe in Irondequoit, something friends would sometimes tease him about. 

"I would always criticize him, why's he still working after retirement, and try to get him to go fishing with me," Dellafave said. "He would just say 'Oh I'm working,' and he would work all night long and still come around in the morning, this is a guy who would literally work 18 hours a day."

One of Richard's grandsons told News10NBC that he loved to pass the time by playing cards. 

On Thursday, one of Richard's children placed a cross and flowers on the side of Buell Road, as a memorial to a man loved ones call "an angel on Earth."

"Richard Sciascia didn't deserve that," Dellafave said. "What a great person he was. Anybody that knew Richard Sciascia can definitely remember him and say wow, what a great angel of a person he was, and it'll bring tears to anybody's eyes, whether you just knew him for an hour, or you knew him for 10 years."


Copyright 2021 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company