Inside the Evidence: One family. Two homicides. |

Inside the Evidence: One family. Two homicides.

Nikki Rudd
Updated: February 19, 2020 11:24 PM
Created: February 18, 2020 12:34 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two homicides 25 years apart that left one family with a lot of unanswered questions. 

"My father, his life was taken," Selina Swann said. "He worked for Kodak for over 30 years."

Alex Prad Jr. was 68-years-old, and he was known for his cooking! 

"You would not leave his home without being fed," Swann said. "He was like a gourmet chef."

Swann grew up in the house where her father was shot and killed: 51 Cuba Place. That's off Joseph Avenue in Rochester. She now lives in Georgia. We spoke with her via Skype.

"Right now, we want justice, and we want to find out who did this to my dad," Swann said. 

Rochester Police showed News10NBC exclusive pictures from the crime scene. 

"This is the house. This is the yard," RPD Investigator Tom Cassidy said. "You can see a food truck. He used to run this food truck."

It was Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Just after 10 p.m. a call came into 911 for a man found dead in his doorway. 

"An altercation occurred right at the doorway," Cassidy said.  

That was inside an enclosed porch. Investigators say the suspect got out of a car that was parked on the corner of Cuba Place and Maria Street. 

"It appears there's some slight altercation in the doorway," RPD Investigator Melissa Frasca said. 

Within seconds Prad was shot and the suspect took off in a four-door sedan. 

"When the other resident of the home came home they found him right inside the door," Cassidy said. 
Family members say Prad was helping two people at the time who needed a place to stay. They were living in his home. 

"We have not been able to come up with any reasons why someone would want to do something like this to him," Frasca said. "Everybody said that they loved Alex." 

It's like reliving a nightmare for Swann. Her Uncle Curtis Smith was also killed in Rochester 25 years before her dad. 

"I believe with the community's help, the police department, the news, that both these cases are going to be solved," Swann said. "I do believe that."

Click here to see our exclusive story on Curtis Smith's homicide.

If you have any information on the deaths of Curtis Smith or Alex Prad Junior call Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300. 

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