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Buffalo police identify 4 victims killed over 9 days, By Aaron Besecker

Buffalo police identify 4 victims killed over 9 days, By Aaron Besecker Image

Buffalo police have released the names of the city's four most recent homicide victims.

The four killings happened over a nine-day span.

Cornelius Caddele was killed July 29 in a shooting on Carl Street.

  • Cornelius Caddele, 20, was killed July 29 in a shooting on Carl Street that also injured four others. All five victims were hit with a shotgun blast after a dispute between neighbors escalated, police have said. The four who were wounded were listed in good condition the following day.
  • Leon Nelson, no age given, was found dead in a home in the 100 block of May Street on July 31, police said. The department did not say on its website how Nelson was killed.
  • Police confirmed Jessica Garcia, 39, was fatally beaten on Niagara Street and died Aug 2. Garcia's family members previously identified her. She was involved in a fight in the 800 block of Niagara on Aug. 1, police said. Family members said they were unsure why Garcia, of Hertel Avenue, was attacked.
  • The 27-year-old man killed Aug. 6 in a drive-by shooting on Victoria Avenue has been identified by police as Edward Wright. Wright was shot at about 1:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Victoria, a street that had two reported incidents of gunfire last year, including a homicide.

Police have not announced arrests in any of these cases.

Buffalo police say there have been 31 homicides in the city so far this year, though the department's list does not include cases where the killings may be ruled justified. Their total also does not include the cases of two men, Wardel Davis and Jose Hernandez-Rossy, who died in separate incidents while police were arresting or attempting to arrest them. Both of those cases have been ruled homicides by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.

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