Father believes murders of his son and RPD’s Mazurkiewicz have deeper connections to the same man from Boston
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Thursday morning, accused RPD cop killer Kelvin Vickers is in court, only this time he’s going to be officially charged with killing two more people from Rochester.
The grand jury indicted Vickers on Tuesday for the July murders of Richard “Ricky” Collinge III, MyJel Rand and the shooting of Tireek Burden.
The father of Collinge believes RPD Officer Tony Mazurkiewicz was ambushed when he was investigating the murder of Collinge’s son.
Richard Collinge bases it on these facts:
- The murders happened within 24 hours of each other.
- The suspect, Vickers, is the same.
- And Vickers is also charged with arson for setting a car on fire that Collinge says was found near the neighborhood where Officer Mazurkiewicz was killed.
“I really feel as though (Mazurkiewicz and his partner Sino Seng) were investigating my son’s homicide and his friend’s homicide that night,” Richard Collinge said.
Collinge’s son Ricky was murdered on July 20. His friend MyJel Rand was also killed. His uncle, Tireek Burden, was wounded. Burden was arrested by New York State Police for gun possession in May. The next night, Officer Mazurkiewicz was shot and killed working plain clothes detail in an unmarked minivan. The grand jury has charged Kelvin Vickers Jr. with all three killings.
“Being that I ran the street my whole younger life and to lose my son to the streets after I’ve changed my life hurts more than anything,” Collinge said.
Ricky Collinge was 19 years old. He graduated from Irondequoit High School and produced his own rap music. After Richard got out of prison a decade ago, he started reconnecting with his son and his job was making images including wraps of caskets.
“I wrap everybody’s casket that passes away,” he said. “I never thought I’d be wrapping my own son’s casket and that hurts very, very bad.”
“To have such a hard knock come at you when your son doesn’t bother anyone,” Collinge’s friend Khadija Yawn said. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and seeing the emotional impact on his parents, siblings, his family, is astronomical. And I don’t think people really look at that and understand the effect.”
“You know you think about all the arguments you had with your kid,” Collinge said. “You think of the things you could have done with your kid. You think of the things you could have done different or what could I have done as a parent to stop what happened to him.”
Vickers is also accused of shooting another person the day before Collinge was killed. Three consecutive days of gun violence and three people killed.
Vickers is from Boston. Another person indicted with him is from Boston. Raheim Robinson was arrested by Boston Police and is in the process of getting extradited to Rochester.
Deadrick Fulwiley is also named in the same indictment. There is a Deadrick Fulwiley listed in the Monroe County Jail. He’s been in custody since July 21 for gun possession.